Our video reporter at large, Sal Mora recently caught up with former UFC light heavyweight standout Keith Jardine at his recently opened Mean1 MMA & Fitness gym in Albuquerque, NM and broached a number of topics with "The Dean of Mean."
Jardine gave us the scoop on what went down in the Dominican Republic during the nightmare Nemesis Fighting show on December 11 and also outlined his goals for 2011, which include stringing together a few solid wins and making his way back to the UFC. He recently helped establish PaytheFighters.com, a not-for-profit website whose purpose is to raise money to pay all of the short changed fighters on the Nemesis card.
The starting point of Jardine’s potential path back to the Octagon will see the 35-year-old Butte, Montana native take on Maximum Fighting Championship vet Aron Lofton (8-4) in the main event of Fresquez Productions’ March 4 Double Threat event at the Route 66 Casino Hotel Legends Theater in Albuquerque. Jardine (16-9-1) also revealed that he briefly toyed with the idea of dropping to middleweight after being cut by the UFC following a string of disappointing losses, but decided that he would prefer to avenge some of his UFC losses before making a change like that. He says that he has become a different fighter thanks to his new training regimen, which includes a custom-made strength and conditioning program developed by acclaimed Canadian trainer Jonathan Chaimberg.
The co-headliner for the March 4 event will be decorated female boxing champ and Jardine’s Team Jackson teammate Holly Holm (0-0), who will be making her MMA debut that night against Christina Domke (4-1).