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Keith Jardine dropping to middleweight for December fight

Add Keith Jardine to the list of fighters deciding to drop down a division in hopes of having size on their side rather than entering the ring as a smaller competitor. Rather than rush things, “The Dean of Mean” will also have a little less than four months to make the transition as his next fight is expected to take place on December 17 at a yet-to-be announced Strikeforce show. An opponent for the Greg Jackson product has not been named for his 185-pound debut.

Jardine recently revealed both nuggets of information through his personal blog where he explained nutrition guru Mike Dolce will assist in the process.

The 35-year old fan-favorite was last seen going the distance against Gegard Mousasi in April where he fought to a draw with the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ despite taking the fight on short notice. Prior to the performance Jardine had strung together a pair of wins including a first frame TKO over Aron Lofton a month earlier.

Jardine is 17-9-2 in his career with notable wins over Brandon Vera, Chuck Liddell, and Forrest Griffin. Eight of his victories have been the result of strike-based stoppages.

  • MCM says:

    Keith talked about this before the Mousasi fight. One of the reasons he was OK taking that fight on short notice was that he was already on his way down to 185 and new that he wouldn’t have a problem making weight. He’s a name so I don’t see them tossing him in with a can, but I don’t think he should be fighting for the title yet either. Benji Radach would make a nice first fight IMO.

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