Keith Jardine replaces Mike Kyle, set to fight Gegard Mousasi at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley on April 9thPosted on April 2, 2011, 12:24 AM by Joey Santosus
UFC veteran "The Dean of Mean" Keith Jardine will make his promotional debut when he meets Gegard Mousasi at Strikeforce San Diego.
Strikeforce officials confirmed the match-up during the Strikeforce Challengers 15 broadcast Friday night.
Mousasi was originally set to face Mike Kyle on the April 9th card, but a broken hand suffered during training forced Kyle to withdraw just a week ahead of the bout.
Following his time on season two of The Ultimate Fighter, Jardine (17-9-1) put together a respectable 6-3 mark with the UFC before a four fight losing streak resulted in his release last June. The Jackson's MMA product went on to lose a fifth consecutive bout under the Shark Fights banner before bouncing back with victories over Francisco France and Aron Lofton with smaller MMA promotions.
Mousasi (30-3-1), meanwhile, had his 15-fight winning streak snapped last April when he lost the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight title to Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal via unanimous decision. In the time since he has went 2-0, securing first round submission victories over both Jake O'Brien and Tatsuya Mizuno to win the DREAM Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley is set to take place April 9th from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The stacked card will be headlined by a Welterweight title clash between division Champion Nick Diaz and challenger Paul "Semtex" Daley, while Lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez goes head to head with Japanese stand-out Tatsuya Kawajiri in the co-main event.