The last time Keith Jardine stepped foot inside the cage he was making his middleweight debut after a respectable run at 205 pounds. This next time he does so it appears he will be mixing it up with an opponent in the same position, as â€œThe Dean of Meanâ€ has been linked to a July match-up with Roger Gracie, a submission-savvy competitor who will be dipping down from light heavyweight for the first time in his five-fight career.
Though no official date/location is set yet the show will likely take place in Portland, Oregon on July 14 or July 28 based on other Zuffa programming. It is believed a middleweight title-bout between champion Luke Rockhold and popular challenger Tim Kennedy will headline the event.
News of the bout was first reported by MMAFighting where multiple sources were cited.
Jardine made a name for himself in the UFC by taking out the likes of Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin. However, the 17-10 scrapper has struggled to find success over the past few years, racking up a 3-6-1 record in his last ten tussles.
Comparably, Gracie is 4-1 with a quartet of submissions to his credit. He will be looking to bounce back from his first career loss when he meets Jardine, suffering a strike-based stoppage to Muhammed Lawal last September.
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