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 “The Dean of Mean” 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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