The upsets continue as Houston Alexander KO’s Keith Jardine in the first round. Both fighters came out swinging, Jardine lands a punch momentary stunning Alexander. Alexander comes back on a rampage and knocks Jardine down three times before landing a devastating right uppercut, which ended the fight at 48 seconds of the first round.
Keith Jardine may have knocked himself out in this fight for taking Houston Alexander too lightly. He has shown to be a down to earth fighter in the past so I was suprised he openly said this match-up was below him. One of the things that you will find in common with all great fighters/champions is that they fight best when they clear their head and react to every second in the fight with all of their instincts that they gain during their training. There is no doubt in my mind that at a point in the opening, Jardine was thinking about the finish and was too wild and agressive with is attack on Alexander. If you learn from Matt Serra, he said he won the fight with St. Pierre because he took his time to finish the fight.
On the other hand, Alexander Houston is no joke, he is a very agressive and powerful fighter who packs on a lot of muscle. He was smart enough to take everything Jardine gave him, including a barrage of right hooks to Jardines head which were not being blocked. Jardine is a tough and smart fighter, and I was shocked to see these blows go on uncontested for so long. These right hooks were the beginning of the end for Jardine.