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 heâ€™s taking the fight on such short notice. This is the type of fight that I canâ€™t win a lot, because if I win theyâ€™ll say that, 'well, you won over somebody that wasnâ€™t prepared,' and if I lose, itâ€™s (to) somebody that got kicked out of the UFC."
"Itâ€™s a difficult situation and thereâ€™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, â€˜Jon Jones is the God and he won and heâ€™s the pound-for-pound (best).â€™ If I would lose to Keith Jardine people would say â€˜heâ€™s (Mousasi) overrated.â€™ Thereâ€™s more to lose, thatâ€™s what I mean. Itâ€™s not like I donâ€™t have respect for Keith Jardine."