Despite the fact that it seemed clear to most who the victor was in last night’s Strikeforce light heavyweight fight between Gegard Mousasi and Keith Jardine, the bout was ruled a draw and, because of that, the match up may be revisited.
Jardine, who took the fight on nine days notice as a replacement for the injured Mike Kyle, fought hard over three rounds with guts and grit, but looked to be on his way to losing a decision even though Mousasi was fined a point for landing an illegal upkick in the first round. The Dean of Mean was determined not to go quietly and to let the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ know he’d been in a fight and his effort was such that the judges eventually ruled the fight as without having a clear winner.
MMA fans like closure as much as anyone though, and it’s for this that Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker revealed that he and his new partners at Zuffa will be discussing the possibility of a Mousasi-Jardine rematch.
“That’s something we’ll definitely go back and talk to the camps and talk to Lorenzo [Fertitta] and the group, and we’ll see what makes sense,” Coker said of the rematch (props to MMAJunkie.com)
Coker went as far as to reveal that there is a good likelihood the rematch will be made, but he stopped short of setting anything in that regard in stone.
“Personally, I think [a rematch] will probably happen,” Coker said. “When? Who knows.”