Keith Jardine steps in for Mike Kyle to fight Gegard Mousasi

Keith Jardine is once again employed by Zuffa, as “The Dean of Mean” has been tabbed to fight Gegard Mousasi at next weekend’s “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” event, thus replacing the injured Mike Kyle who was forced off the card earlier this week after sustaining a broken hand in training.

The organization officially announced the change during Friday night’s telecast of Strikeforce Challengers 15.

Despite wins over former UFC 205-pound champs Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin Jardine was released by the UFC in June 210 following a four fight losing streak. Jardine lost his fifth straight to Trevor Prangley in September 210 before rattling off two victories on the local scene, including a TKO victory just under a month ago against Aron Lofton. The bout will mark Jardine’s debut under the Strikeforce banner.

Mousasi is making his return to Strikeforce after losing the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title last year to Muhammed Lawal. During his time away he won the DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix with victories over Jake O’Brien and Tastuya Mizuno.

The April 9 offering will take place at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California and be headlined by a welterweight fight between champion Nick Diaz and heavy-handed Brit Paul Daley. In the co-main event, lightweight title-holder Gilbert Melendez defends his title against Tatsuya Kawajiri.

PHOTO CREDIT – ESTHER LIN / STRIKEFORCE

15 COMMENTS
  • qat says:

    Good for Jardine, back on the big stages for him.
    But a very short time to prepare, and even if he would have had plenty time, i dont like his chances here. Mousasi via sub, but im rooting for both fighters here and hope for a good overall showing.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Ahem Ahem..you mean he is employed by FORZA LLC… A subsidiary of ZUFFA LLC. Because if he was once again employed by Zuffa then that means Babalu, Daley, And Barnett were all once again employed by Zuffa, and we know Zuffa’s not ready to announce all that just yet… Business as usual. ;) Just kidding… It’s all the same shit.

    But seriously for a last minute fill in you really couldn’t have done better on short notice. I think Gegard got this but Jardine is going into this as a job interview and who knows what kind of fire he’ll be fighting with.

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  • MickeyC says:

    Looks like win/win for keith. If he looses, so what last minute, already coming off losses. But if he wins……. Hes at the top of the pile in SF 205…GO KEITH!

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  • Lethal Liquid says:

    I like Keith’s chances in this one. Despite the glass chin.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    if Gegard runs through Jardine as a i think he might, a whole heap more people will be watching this than they would have been watching him fight Mike Kyle. can only be good for him.
    i just cant imagine any scenario in which Keith wins this

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  • JOEgun says:

    i dont think Jardine will win this one but its possible. He just needs to keep his chin away from Gegards strikes. Jardine has good kicks but Gegard has better hands.

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  • MCM says:

    Is this winner still getting the next shot at the title? If Gerard wins, he should get the shot, but Keith still needs to win a couple more IMO. That said, WAR Jardine!
    Keith is capable of beating anyone on any given night. Yeah he went 0-5 at one point, but he still holds wins over two former champs, was wining (according to the judges) against a third in Rampage, and was also beating top prospect Bader before getting his lights switched off. I think his loss to Prangley, where he knows he should have won, was a real wake up call. He’s since left GJ’s where he was too complacent, got a new strength and conditioning coach, and started to find his rhythm again. If Keith comes out like he did in the third round of the Prangley fight, I think he takes this (with a good possibility of a finish). If he comes out looking to play it safe and get the decision, Mousasi will put him away. I wish he wouldn’t have taken it on such short notice, but you can be your ass I’ll be tuning in, no matter the outcome.

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  • Creature says:

    haha i like jardine and hope he wins.. but only because i like hendo alot more and if it ends up being hendo vs jardine once again hendo will be adding another highlight reel KO to his resume :)

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  • @MCM…Jardine was winning according to ONE judge that keith talked to.

    I like Jardine and I hope the best for him. I can see this as the management hoping Jardine will get run through by Mousasi and then they can promote him as the badass that he is and hype up the title fight with Hendo….HOWEVER the Dean of Mean does best when no one is expecting him to do well at all…and this fight reeks of that.

    WAR KEITH!!!!

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Mousasi has some of the best striking in the 205 division and should destroy Keith. Keith has beaten a few guys of note at 205 but I really do think it was because of poor performances on their part and not because Keith is a top fighter.
    I think they could have come up with a few better guys on short notice but none with the name recognition.
    Mousasi via TKO in rd 2. Jardine has striking at around 5-6 out of 10 and Mousasi is around 8-9 out of 10.

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  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    By the way I actually think he lost 9 in a row. I think Liddell and Vera both beat him but both lost the split dec to Jardine.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    With his awkward style and very underated grappling Jardine has a chance to upset Gegard here. Hope he is in shape and ready.

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  • Kuch says:

    This move demonstrates a distinct lack of marketable talent in Strikeforce’s 205 lbs. division. Too bad they don’t have any home-grown talent they could have given a shot on the big stage.

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  • boomnutz says:

    i def. wouldn’t underestimate Jardine here, when I heard this matchup I immediately thought of the Chuck fight (which much to my dismay Jardine def. won), this is a “trap” fight for Mousasi he just has to be careful and not take Jardine lightly…

    btw, i see this as an upgrade from Mike Kyle, anyone else?

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  • Angry Mike says:

    Jardine is the underdog, but Jardine has exceeded expectations in the past, so Mousasi can’t overlook him. The way to beat Jardine is to pressure him. If Mousasi holds back and tries to counter, Jardine’s chances improve.

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