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Keith 'The Dean of Mean' Jardine.

Keith Jardine was a competitor on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show and he has fought at heavyweight, light-heavyweight and currently at middleweight.

Jardine was inconsistent at best in his UFC career, winning a few then losing a few, recently losing consecutive fights by knockout. Thus, his 'chin' or ability to take heavy blows, has been called greatly into question.

He most recently faced off against Matt Hamill in what some percieved as a loser-leaves-town matchup, at least in Jardine's case. Jardine lost the fight by a very controversial majority decision. He was cut a few days later.

In his first fight after being cut from the UFC, Jardine faced wrestler Trevor Prangley in the Shark Fights promotion. Shark Fights originally approached Jardine offering him a rematch against another fighter on the card, Houston Alexander. In any case, Jardine lost a hard-fought split decision against Prangley for his sixth loss in a row. It may be his last MMA fight ever as he is being forced to contemplate retirement.

Minutes after the fight, Jardine's luck went from bad to worse. There was no one to escort him out of the ring so he went alone. Fans were pulling and grabbing at him and on instinct, Keith turned and shoved the closest one backwards. It turned out that the person was a Texas State Athletic Commission officer. Keith was indefinitely suspended from the sport until a decision can be reached.

Strangely, he was already set for another fight, about two months after the fight with Prangley. He faced Fransisco France in the main event of MMA Global Invasion in the Dominican Republic. Jardine defeated France via unanimous decision -- snapping his five-fight losing streak -- but apparently the show was corrupt. There weren't any judges to award an official decision victory and Jardine was additionally accused of greasing. He just can't catch a break.

He next faced Aron Lofton, winning via first-round technical knockout. He next made his Strikeforce debut replacing an injured Mike Kyle against former light-heavyweight champion Gegard Mousasi. Mousasi and Jardine fought to a controversial majority draw.

After a brief hiatus, Jardine returned to the sport. He dropped down to middleweight, signing to appear on another Strikeforce card. One rumored opponent was brutal striker Melvin Manhoef. Jardine also called out former Strikeforce middleweight champion Cung Le.

Jardine instead next faced Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold for the belt. Rockhold knocked Jardine out near the end of the first round.

Jardine took a hiatus from the sport for three or four months before signing to return to the Strikeforce middleweight division in early May 2012. His opponent would be middleweight newcomer and light-heavyweight veteran Roger Gracie, who was considered to be the best jiu jitsu practitioner in MMA. Gracie defeated Jardine via a bloody and dominant unanimous decision.

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