Gegard Mousasi On Fighting Keith Jardine Instead Of Mike Kyle
Gegard Mousasi had been expecting a light heavyweight contest this weekend against veteran Mike Kyle but after a hand injury in training forced Kyle out of the bout, Mousasi will now fight former top ranked light heavyweight Keith Jardine on short notice in a bout he knows he has more too lose in than gain:
"This kind of fight is where I have the most to lose because people expect me to win, especially since he’s taking the fight on such short notice. This is the type of fight that I can’t win a lot, because if I win they’ll say that, 'well, you won over somebody that wasn’t prepared,' and if I lose, it’s (to) somebody that got kicked out of the UFC."
"It’s a difficult situation and there’s not much I can gain."
"Not to disrespect Jardine, but say I would fight Jon Jones; if I would lose people still would say, ‘Jon Jones is the God and he won and he’s the pound-for-pound (best).’ If I would lose to Keith Jardine people would say ‘he’s (Mousasi) overrated.’ There’s more to lose, that’s what I mean. It’s not like I don’t have respect for Keith Jardine."