Keith Jardine talks paying fighters, fighting teammates and title shots

By Jason Perkins

Former UFC light heavyweight contender Keith Jardine reached the apex of his career in 2007 after a win against former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. The highly regarded up-and-comer was 14-3-1, heading into a huge fight against Wanderlei Silva and ever-so-close to his goal of fighting for the UFC light heavyweight title.

Jardine lost the fight however, and went on to lose four of his next five, including four in a row, to find himself dropped from the UFC altogether. That Jardine was even permitted to lose three in a row and continue with the organization is a testament to his exciting style – two of the losses were in “Fight of the Night” efforts – but eventually the organization was forced to release the New Mexico native with the understanding that he could be brought back if he could put together a winning streak outside of the organization.

With that in mind, Jardine agreed to square off against highly regarded South African Trevor Prangly, in his first fight outside of the UFC in five years, but he came up short after dropping a razor thin split-decision.

The loss pushed his losing streak to five straight and left him desperate for a win, which picked up in his next outing against Francisco France in a fight held in the Dominican Republic.


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