Keith Jardine is ready to bounce back against Hamill; Court McGee wants to stay focused on McCrayPosted on June 16, 2010, 04:19 PM by Daniel Cassidy
Speaking at the TUF 11 Finale Media call, Keith Jardine and Matt Hamill discussed their upcoming bout and what it means to each of them. Jardine, coming off the back of three losses to top 10 LHW's, spoke about how in this upcoming fight he feels this is a hugely important fight, saying:
“The main thing with this fight is, I don’t care who they set me up against, I feel like I’m lucky to be on the main card, let alone the co-main event. They could have put anybody out there. I never say no. I’m real excited to fight another wrestler, Matt Hamill. I don’t want to get too philosophical, but I went through a phase of really trying to polish up my boxing -- keep my hands up all the time. Just being a real polished boxer, that’s not me,” he said. “But it’s good, I learned a lot of stuff. Now it’s about trying to bring that together with my own style… and just have fun and loosen up and relax a little bit.
I’ve been definitely fighting too tight. Now I’m just relaxed and ready to try to take this thing to the next level. I’m not even fighting him, I’m fighting myself. I don’t think I’ve ever got up to 80 percent of my potential in the ring yet. That’s all I’m concentrated on right now.”
Answering LowKick.com's question, Jardine said he is hugely confident in his ground game and is looking forward to Hamill taking the fight to the ground. He also revealed he was the one who invited team mate Rashad Evans to Greg Jackson's camp.
Hamil too knows just how important this fight is for him as well. While a loss on Saturday night could be the end of Jardine's UFC career, a win for "The Hammer" could see him move into facing top contenders. Hamill was happy to report his recent shoulder problems were now behind him, and he is 100 percent healthy.
As for TUF 11 finalists Court McGee and Kris McKray both spoke about their excitement at making it to the final. Answering Speaking about whether or not he feels his coach Chuck Liddell's loss to Rich Frankiln provided any extra motivation, McGee stated that straight away it sparked something inside him and wants to avenge his mentor's loss, but he knows he must stay fully focused ahead of the fight:
"Immediately after watching the fight, I was really emotional. The first thing that came to my mind is that I have to avenge this loss. But I can't think about it this way," said McGee. "It's like fighting angry and nothing I do angry comes out good. I am not fighting to avenge Chuck's loss, I'm not fighting to overcome drugs, I'm not fighting for the fame or the fortune.
I'm fighting because I enjoy fighting, I enjoy the competition and the payout so I can take care of my family. I have a work to do. It is what it is, it's a bummer that Chuck lost. I wanted him to win more than anything, but he got caught and when the top athletes meet it happens.."
The TUF 11 Finale takes place this Saturday, at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.