by MMAWeekly.com

Jess Liaudin

Over the
past year, Jess Liaudin has quietly been making a home for himself in the
Ultimate Fighting Championship. Though many fans wouldn’t know him by name, he
has defeated Dennis Siver and Anthony Torres in his first two bouts in the
Octagon, which puts his current winning streak at five straight fights. It’s a
streak that dates back to 2005.


On Saturday
night in New Castle, England at UFC 80, Liaudin looks to keep that streak alive
by derailing Marcus Davis’ own winning streak.


“He has 10
wins in a row. He’s a good fighter. He likes to bang, I like to bang,” says
Liaudin. “I think he’s a good progression. If he underestimates me, I think I’m
going to surprise him.”


After a bit
of a roller coaster ride through the midpoint of his career, Liaudin believes
that he’s found a training groove that works for him and has his recent streak
to show for it.


He is
French born, but has been residing in England for more than a decade now, and
has added trips to the United States to train with Team Quest to his regimen.
Besides the bustle of top British fighters that he trains with, he now has the
likes of Dan Henderson, Sokoudjou and Matt Lindland ready to toss him around in
preparation for his bouts.


Liaudin is
confident that he’s ready to take that next step in the UFC. “I think he’s a
great fight for me. He’s just a very good opponent; he’s good all-around. He
beats very good, very solid opponents. I can be a hard task for him.”


If he can
be a hard enough task for Davis, who is ranked the No. 10 welterweight in the
world, Liaudin would solidify his place as a contender in a tough weight class.
It would likely take him a few more fights to get in line for a title shot, but
his recent performances have earned him the time to keep working his way up.


“I’ve got
one fight left (on my original contract),” he said, but added, “I renewed my
contract, so I signed for another three-fight deal. So I’ve got four fights


And he’s
likely to be around long past that if he can keep his successes rolling in.
Davis will be the biggest test that he has faced in a long time though and will
be the yardstick by which Liaudin will be measured.


We’ll all
see how he measures up Saturday night in New Castle.