Keith Jardine cut by the UFC; Akiyama finally agrees to fight LebenPosted on June 25, 2010, 10:20 AM by Anton Gurevich
Mixed Martial Art veteran and one of the UFC's fan-favorite fighters, Keith Jardine, was cut by the promotion after going on a negative 0-4. Jardine lost to Matt Hamill at the Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale, picking a prestigious Fight of the Night award for his efforts. Thirty-four year old Jardine may be on his way to Strikeforce, who will be happy to strengthen their Light Heavyweight ranks.
Jardine is holding a 6-7 record in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and 15-8-1 in Mixed Martial Arts. The Dean of Mean holds a notable victories over Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Brandon "The Truth" Vera.
Elsewhere, Yoshihiro Akiyama expressed his disappointment with Wanderlei Silva's withdrawal from UFC 116, in an interview to the Korean Daum.net. Akiyama stated that he is not ruling out the possibility of not fighting at UFC 116, after the promotion decided to call up an "unpopular" Chris Leben as a replacement:
"I am not pleased with the change. There are just ten days left until the contest for me to determine [Leben’s] threats and the time is insufficient to establish a tailored gameplan. Leben is also not as high-profile as [Wanderlei] Silva and that does not help me.
If there is to be a replacement I was hoping for a big name. I spent one year preparing hard for this fight and this news has come as a big disappointment, my motivation has waned. I do not know yet what will happen ... In the worst case, I will not take part in the [UFC 116] event. We are working hard to resolve this issue."
But only a few hours after Akiyama's comments surfaced up, mmajunkie.com reports that Sexyama agreed to fight Leben in the co-main event of UFC 116. Looks like Dana added some digits to Akiyama’s fighting purse? Possibly. But one thing is for sure: we will see a very entertaining fight on July 3rd.