With the year rapidly drawing to a close it’s time for our annual look-back at some of the notable fighters who were cut from the UFC in 2010 and find out what they’ve been up to since.
Check out part one below, and stay tuned next week for the second installment.
One of the biggest cuts of 2010 was undoubtedly Keith Jardine who had been with the UFC since emerging via The Ultimate Fighter season 2 in 2005. In total he fought 13 times under the UFC’s banner, claiming memorable wins over UFC stars Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin. His form dipped dramatically in recent years however, leading to four straight losses, two by KO, and left the UFC to reluctantly let him go in June.
The veteran fighter wasted little time getting back on the horse, agreeing to fight Strikeforce’s Trevor Prangley on pay-per-view just three months later at Shark Fights 13. It turned out to be a tough and bloody three round battle, and unfortunately for ‘The Dean Of Mean’ he emerged on the wrong end of a split decision to rack up his fifth straight loss.
In December Jardine traveled to the Dominican Republic to compete at Nemesis Fighting Championships. Despite the event quickly turning into a farce with none of the fighters getting paid Jardine did earn a much needed win over a respectable opponent, Francisco France. Jardine has now enlisted the help of the US Secret Service to investigate the Nemesis promotion. Now 35, ‘The Dean Of Mean’ still aspires to make a return to the UFC.