Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson this past March of 2009 at UFC 96. Prior to that, he defeated Brandon “The Truth” Vera by a razor thin split decision. Before that, he lost to Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva by way of TKO. So his inconsistency has prolonged the process of climbing right to the top of the light heavyweight division.
At UFC 102, he wants “to go out and make a statement” to all of his UFC fans. He wants to prove that he is one of the best in the division and that he too deserves a title shot once he gets that winning streak going. Not only has he won a few fights, but those wins were against the top ranked 205-pounders.
Heres the snip from Keith Jardine himself:
“(This fight) means a lot for me. I’m on my way to the top right now and I’m only getting better. With this fight I want to go out and make a statement…I think me and him (Thiago Silva) make a perfect fight because we both like to stand there and we both like to hit each other and get hit…I’ve beat a lot of great guys; I’ve had a lot of great fights. I’ve got all the traction I need. Once I string some wins together, they can’t deny me a title fight.”