Is it December 30, 2006? If so, then expectations for Keith Jardine couldn’t be higher after having slapped Forrest Griffin silly at UFC 66. Fast forward four years and the once-promising light heavyweight has dropped seven of his last nine scraps, including five consecutive.
Thankfully, “The Dean of Mean” has an explanation for his most recent mishap, which took place this weekend in a split decision loss to Trevor Prangley at “Shark Fights 13.”
“I had a pretty slow start actually. I never make excuses before my fights but coming up before this fight I had the worst migraine in the world and it took me actually two rounds to get through that,” Jardine told Sherdog.com.
After losing his fourth straight bout inside the Octagon at “The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale,” Jardine was released by the company that helped make him famous. As an alumnus of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, Jardine fought under the UFC banner 13-times and compared his release to “losing family.”
It’s a fitting feeling, as it coincides with his losing ways inside the cage.
“Everything he was touching me with hurt, man. I was just in a bad situation there,” said the soon-to-be 35-year-old. “I just tried to gut it out and my head kinda cleared up and things worked out well in [the 3rdRound], but I guess not well enough to win the fight.
“I’m just gonna keep fighting and see what happens.”