Keith Jardine is once again employed by Zuffa, as “The Dean of Mean” has been tabbed to fight Gegard Mousasi at next weekend’s “Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley” event, thus replacing the injured Mike Kyle who was forced off the card earlier this week after sustaining a broken hand in training.
The organization officially announced the change during Friday night’s telecast of Strikeforce Challengers 15.
Despite wins over former UFC 205-pound champs Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin Jardine was released by the UFC in June 210 following a four fight losing streak. Jardine lost his fifth straight to Trevor Prangley in September 210 before rattling off two victories on the local scene, including a TKO victory just under a month ago against Aron Lofton. The bout will mark Jardine’s debut under the Strikeforce banner.
Mousasi is making his return to Strikeforce after losing the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title last year to Muhammed Lawal. During his time away he won the DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix with victories over Jake O’Brien and Tastuya Mizuno.
The April 9 offering will take place at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California and be headlined by a welterweight fight between champion Nick Diaz and heavy-handed Brit Paul Daley. In the co-main event, lightweight title-holder Gilbert Melendez defends his title against Tatsuya Kawajiri.
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