1st off, Jardine is no stepping stone. He's not consistent, but when he fights well he's a top fighter. He was dangerously close to beating Rampage. Also, I don't know if he will fight him because they now train together at Greg Jackson's camp.
I agree, I didn't symbolize it will in my text but that was meant to be sarcasm. I like Jardine, and like you consider him a top fighter, but lets face it. That is not what the UFC uses him for. He's the scary looking guy who has wins over Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, so if someone beats him, they must be a contender.