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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.