Former UFC light heavyweight fighter Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine was recently released from the promotion after posting four losses in a row, despite the fact that two of those fights earned “Fight of the Night” honors. Jardine was cut on the heels of a unanimous decision loss to Matt Hamill in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale. Jardine took to his personal website, KeithJardine.net to post his feelings on being cut from the UFC.
“Last week I was let go by the UFC. I was sad to get the news but it was expected. I’ve always been proud to be a UFC fighter and they have been real good to me. I can’t help but to feel a bit like I’m losing a family. As for now, I’m more motivated than ever. I’m going to take a vacation for a week then get back to work. Already, there are a lot of offers for fights coming I’m. Some are exciting. Starting over doesn’t sound so bad to me. Although my career is at a crossroads my story is only half written. I have a lot of fight left in me and I continue to improve with every fight. Anyway, I’m best when the chips are stacked against me and I will make it to the top. Thanks to all of my fans.”
During his thirteen fight tenure in the UFC, the Greg Jackson-trained Jardine scored notable wins over Wilson Gouveia, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champions Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell, and Brandon Vera. Overall, his UFC losses came at the hands of Stephan Bonnar, Houston Alexander, Wanderlei Silva, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Thiago Silva, Ryan Bader and Matt Hamill, respectively.