As noted earlier this week, two of the most celebrated alumni from The Ultimate Fighter will square off on the live finale of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz on Saturday, June 19 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Keith Jardine will face Matt “The Hammer” Hamill in a matchup pitting Jardine’s unorthodox striking against Hamill’s powerhouse wrestling, with the winner moving further up the ranks in the UFC’s ultra-competitive light heavyweight division.
“Matt Hamill versus Keith Jardine is a battle between two fan favorites known for exciting fights,” said UFC President Dana White. “Hamill is a powerful wrestler and Jardine an unorthodox striker but both have shown knockout power. Both of these fighters know that they need to win this fight to continue on their way up the light heavyweight ranks.”
Hamill (9-2), has won three of his last four UFC bouts including a recent victory via disqualification over the previously undefeated Jon Jones last December. Prior to that bout, Hamill had scored wins over Mark Munoz at UFC 96 in March 2009 via knockout, and Reese Andy at UFC 92 in December 2008.
“Keith’s a great fighter and has been one of the division’s top contenders for a long time,” said Hamill. “For me to get to the next level in my career, I have to beat him on June 19th and I’m going to do everything in my power to do that.”
Jardine (14-8-1) has an impressive list of victories on his resume, including wins over Chuck Liddell at UFC 76, Forrest Griffin at UFC 66, and Brandon Vera at UFC 89. He has been facing tough times lately, as he has lost his last three fights. He hopes that a victory over Hamill will help him climb the scales of the light-heavyweight division.
“Matt is a good fighter and a good guy but this match is the first step in getting me back on top,” said Jardine. “I got my start fighting on The Ultimate Fighter and I had one of my most memorable fights on the Finale. I got a lot fans from that fight and I’m honored to be fighting in the main event.”
Other bouts on the card will be announced at a later date.