"The Dean of Mean" apparently is returning to the Strikeforce scene.
Keith Jardine (17-9-2 MMA, 0-0-1 SF) recently announced via Twitter that he expects to compete on December's currently unannounced Strikeforce card.
No details about his contract or opponent were disclosed, and officials haven't formally announced his the booking.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com
) recently reported, the Dec. 17 card is expected to feature a lightweight title fight between champion Gilbert Melendez and Jorge Masvidal.
Jardine, who's perhaps best known for his appearance on "The Ultimate Fighter 2" and subsequent 12-fight stint in the UFC, hasn't competed since an April draw with light heavyweight Gegard Mousasi at "Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley." Jardine took the fight on late notice as a replacement for injured Mike Kyle, and his status with the organization wasn't clear after the fight.
Now, Jardine said he's heading to middleweight and has employed the services of noted nutritionist Mike Dolce to help with the drop.
The UFC released the heavy-handed Jardine in 2010 after four straight losses. He then suffered a split-decision defeat to Trevor Prangley at Shark Fights 13. Jardine, though, is undefeated in his three fights since then with wins over Francisco France and Aron Lofton in regional competition and the Strikeforce draw with Mousasi
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