Both fighters have suffered a combined total of 12 knock-downs since 2007.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira:
1. Nogueira was dropped from a Heath Herring head kick in his UFC debut on July 2007.
2. Tim Sylvia knocked down Nogueira in his loss via submission.
3. Frank Mir holds the distinction of being the first fighter to stop Noguiera dropping him 3 times in their 2 round fight. Staph Infection? Yes. Please remember that Diego Sanchez fought Josh Koscheck with a staph infection. I'm just saying.
4. Cain Velasquez KO'ed Noguiera within 2 minutes and 20 second in the UFC first event in Australia.
1. In his UFC debut, after being knocked down, Houston Alexander closed the distance and pummeled Jardine, putting him to sleep back in May 2007.
2. After defeating the former LHW champion, KO artist Chuck Liddell via split decision, Jardine experienced some deja vu with Wanderlei Silva closing the distance and putting him to sleep via KO punch.
3. In a tough fight with another former LHW champion, Jardine suffered 2 knock downs during his unanimous decision loss to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
4. Waiting to for his opponent to drop his left hand, brazilian black belt, Thiago Silva dropped Jardine on route to a TKO victory. Jardine was left in the ring taking a short nap.
5. After a fairly competitive 2 rounds, TUF Season 8 winner, Ryan Bader made Keith Jardine's knees buckle with a KO punch. Yes, Keith Jardine's left hand was down.
Question: If you were a really close friend of Noguiera or Jardine, what would you tell them? Would you discuss taking a 6 - 12 month break from competition, retire altogether, or start training and get back in the cage?
I think Noguiera has 1 or 2 fights left. He has to realize that he has no speed and little to no mobility. Ok, yeah he looked great against Randy Couture. Let's just remember that Couture looked really great against Mark Coleman. Hmmm . . . Let's face it, Big Nog looked exactly the same against Frank Mir. Noguiera can easily have a successful career as an instructor or coach.
Jardine? Hmmm . . . I like him as much as I like Noguiera so as much as it pains me to say . . . take a year off or just retire altogether. Even if he did improve his boxing and learn the secrets of the sweet science from Emanuel Steward or jump on the bandwagon and train with Freddie Roach . . . that still won't solve the problem of his weak chin. WAIT A MINUTE. But he survived 3 rounds with Rampage and Chuck Liddell. Ok, his style worked perfectly against Liddell and he kept his distance and tore up Liddell with those leg kicks. Rampage? While Rampage has power, great boxing, he has an obvious problem against taller fighters with a nice reach advantage. Forrest Griffin anyone?