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Hughes_GOAT 03-07-2009 10:27 PM

"Rampage" foes advise Jardine
 
Marvin Eastman -- who fought Quinton “Rampage” Jackson twice, beating him once -- has some battle-tested advice for Keith Jardine, the man who will square off against Jackson in the main event at UFC 96 “Jackson vs. Jardine” on Saturday at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio:

Don’t sit back a la Chuck Liddell and wait for the powerful, hard-hitting Jackson (29-7) to come to you. That did not work for Liddell -- who got drubbed by Jackson at UFC 71 in 2007 -- and it will not work for you. Take the fight to him, right from the get-go. Aggressively swarm him and throw everything you have -- punches, kicks, elbows, takedowns. That’s your best chance of winning … your only chance of winning.

“To beat Quinton you got to overwhelm him,” says Eastman, who won a unanimous decision over Jackson in the former UFC light heavyweight champion’s professional debut at King of the Cage 4 back in 2000. “His jaw is granite, like an anvil, man. The first time I fought him, I attacked him, I attacked him, I attacked him -- a la ‘Shogun’ versus Quinton.”

Eastman points to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s brutal knockout victory against Jackson at Pride “Total Elimination 2005” as the blueprint.

“It’s gotta just be an onslaught,” says Eastman, who was stopped by Jackson in their rematch at UFC 67 two years ago -- one of 14 career knockout or technical knockout wins Rampage has wracked up. “You can’t sit back and wait. You’ve got to be like … what [do] you call it? … a Tasmanian devil. Then he becomes a fighter that is very, very beatable.”

Oddsmakers have Jackson, 30 -- ranked as the No. 3 light heavyweight in the world -- as a favorite over Jardine, 33, and ranked seventh. Though he has knockout capability of his own, Jardine does not have the quickest hands in the game, Eastman noted, so he may not be able to swarm Jackson.

“Keeping it real,” Eastman says, “Jardine is a slower cat.”Jardine needs to stay away from Jackson's power.

On the plus side for Jardine, according to Eastman, his unorthodox, herky-jerky fighting style makes him “a difficult fighter to fight simply because he’s so awkward. But Quinton’s fought every type of fighter, so I don’t anticipate him really having a difficulty with that style, a la [Matt] Lindland,” who lost a split decision to Jackson at World Fighting Alliance “King of the Streets̶