Keith Jardine exchanges punches with Forrest Griffin at UFC 66. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Hard-hitting light heavyweights and part-time training partners Keith Jardine and Brandon Vera will each look to turn in much-needed impressive performances when they clash on October 18th at UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben, which will take place at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.
The news was first broken by our friends at Cage Potato earlier today. MMA Junkie has learned that Jardine confirmed the bout himself today on an unnamed Albuquerque, New Mexico radio show. The UFC has yet to confirm the bout. It’s expected that it will be included as part of the event’s televised main card.
After surprising many with his shocking win over former champion Chuck Liddell last fall, Jardine looked to move into title contender status only to be brutally knocked out by longtime PRIDE title holder Wanderlei Silva at UFC 84 in May. Jardine has now lost (and has been knocked out in) two out of his last three bouts.
Meanwhile Vera has been a bit of a scapegoat this week for his lackluster performance against IFL convert Reese Andy at last weekend’s “Silva vs. Irvin” event. It’s key to note that the fight was Vera’s first in his career at 205 lbs and that a bad weight cut (he said it was his first cut in close to nine years) likely contributed the absence of his usual explosiveness.
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