Former UFC main eventer and promising light heavyweight prospect Keith Jardine fell even further from grace last night when he took on fellow UFC veteran Trevor Prangley in the main event of Shark Fights 13. “The Dean of Mean” had declared prior to the fight that this would be the first fight on his path back to the Octagon and eventually a title shot in the world’s biggest MMA promotion but instead of earning a much needed victory, Jardine was sent back to the drawing board after losing a split-decision to Prangley.
Things started off bad early for Jardine, who took some damage from a knee to the head and had a gash opened up over his left eye. Prangley poured it on from there, following Jardine to the mat and delivering ground strikes that had the ref carefully eyeing Jardine’s state. The Greg Jackson pupil shook off the cobwebs enough to attempt a knee bar and arm bar that forced Prangley to back off of his attack. The second frame saw Jardine dropped by a big punch again and not do quite enough in the remainder of the round to turn the tide, though he did score points with his underrated leg kicks. “The Dean of Mean” finally launched a serious attack that had Prangley reeling but he waited until the closing moments of the final round to do so. It was the typical story of “too little, too late” and a still-standing Prangley was awarded the split-decision.
Jardine now stands at a crossroads in his career (as if he wasn’t already) as he has now posted five losses in a row and has only managed to net victory in two of his last nine fights. “The Dean of Mean” has a long road ahead of him should he still wish to make it back to the UFC, but a noted hard worker like Jardine could pull it off no matter how steep the climb.
Prangley improved his record to 23-6-1 and bounced back from a loss to Tim Kennedy dating back to June.