Silva-Jardine Close to Becoming Official


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A Las Vegas light heavyweight showdown between former PRIDE light heavyweight champion Wanderlei Silva and former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant turned upstart contender Keith Jardine is close to becoming official for UFC 84 in May.

The news comes from Silva’s official blog, where he stated yesterday that he was “on his way” to sign a bout agreement that would make a fight between himself and Jardine good to go.

A potential bout between the two has been rumored for well over a month. The reasoning behind the bout is pretty much elementary at this point. After the UFC booked Rashad Evans and Ryoto Machida for scheduled bouts at the same event, it became likely that Silva and Jardine would be paired up.

The event, which is slated to take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, is expected to be headlined by a lightweight title fight between B.J. Penn and Sean Sherk. Tito Ortiz will return to action at the event as well against Machida in what might just be Ortiz’s last fight in the UFC.

Both Silva and Jardine are coming off of fights against former champion Chuck Liddell. Jardine won a unanimous decision over Liddell last September but Silva ended up going the distance with Liddell in December and losing.

The bout will be Silva’s second inside the confines of the UFC since returning to the promotion after a seven-year stint in PRIDE. A win over Silva will move Jardine that much closer to a well-deserved title shot.

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