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Keith Jardine Says Bout With Matt Hamill Is “First Step In Getting Back To Top”

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 this 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.”

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.”

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale takes place this Saturday from the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card will air live on Spike TV. For the full card, check out the The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale page in our ‘Events’ section by clicking here.