Nickname The Dean of Mean
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 206 lbs (93 kg)
Nationality American Born October 31, 1975
Fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.
Town of birth Butte, Montana, U.S.
Team/Association Jackson's Submission Fighting
Fighting style Gaidojutsu, Kickboxing
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 7
By submission 2
No contests 0
Keith Hector Jardine (born October 31, 1975) is an American mixed martial artist (MMA), currently fighting at light heavyweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He made his debut with the organization on The Ultimate Fighter 2, where he was cast as a heavyweight under coach Rich Franklin.
Jardine made his professional Mixed Martial Arts debut in 2001, defeating Amir Rahnavardi by armbar submission. He would win five out of his next six bouts, suffering one knockout loss to Travis Wiuff, before debuting in the Japanese Pancrase organization in 2003. Jardine's bout in Pancrase, with Keiichiro Yamamiya, ended in a draw. Jardine defeated his next two opponents, including a submission win over Red Devil Sport Club fighter Arman Gambaryan, before appearing on The Ultimate Fighter 2.
In 2005, Jardine was cast on The Ultimate Fighter 2, a team-based reality television show created by the UFC, as a heavyweight competitor, and was the first heavyweight to be recruited to the team of then UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin. Jardine was one of the favorites to proceed to the heavyweight division's finals, but was not selected to fight until the semi-finals, where he was defeated by eventual season two heavyweight winner Rashad Evans.
Although Jardine was eliminated from The Ultimate Fighter, his tenure with the Ultimate Fighting Championship continued. Jardine made his first appearance on an official UFC fight card at the The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale, defeating fellow season two heavyweight Kerry Schall by TKO due to leg kicks. Jardine subsequently dropped down a weight class to the light heavyweight division, and defeated Mike Whitehead, another TUF 2 competitor, by unanimous decision at UFC 57.
In April, 2006, Jardine fought The Ultimate Fighter 1 light heavyweight finalist Stephan Bonnar at Ultimate Fight Night 4. In a closely contested bout, Jardine lost a unanimous decision, but gained a great deal of fan and media support after the bout. Quoting Jardine, "Everyone knows that that Bonnar fight should have been my fight[...] I still get approached everyday about that. I am 3-1, but I don't necessarily look at it that way." His next fight in the UFC was against American Top Team's Wilson Gouveia at The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale. Although Jardine appeared to lose the first round according to color commentator Joe Rogan, he defeated Gouveia by unanimous decision after three rounds. Jardine was then scheduled to fight Mike Nickels, a light heavyweight competitor from the third season of The Ultimate Fighter, but Nickels was forced to withdraw due to a back injury.
At UFC 66, Jardine scored a TKO victory in the first round over winner of The Ultimate Fighter 1, Forrest Griffin. Jardine's next fight was against UFC newcomer Houston Alexander at UFC 71. After having complained about having to face an unknown fighter when he felt he deserved a more high profile match, Jardine was knocked out 48 seconds into the first round by Alexander.
His latest fight was against former UFC light heavyweight champion, Chuck Liddell at UFC 76. He won the upset victory in this fight by split decision. He is now one of only two fighters to have an unavenged win over Liddell.