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Jardine Watch: ‘Dean of Mean’ Returns Against Francisco France Next Month in Dominican Republic

("Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? To me, that’s the definition of ‘warrior‘." / Photo courtesy of allelbows.)

When you’re on a five-fight losing streak like former UFC light-heavyweight contender Keith Jardine, there’s two ways you can approach your situation. 1) You can take a few months off to completely re-assess your skills, weaknesses, and motivation. Or, 2) You can get back in the cage as soon as possible in a desperate attempt to wash off the stink of failure. The Dean of Mean, God help him, is going for option two.

Just two months after his demoralizing loss to Trevor Prangley at Shark Fights 13, Keith Jardine will take on Francisco "Kiko" France in the main event of "MMA Global Invasion," which will be held November 13 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. (Props to MMAFighting for the heads-up.) France is a 6-1 light-heavyweight who has claimed all of his victories by submission, including four by arm-triangle choke. He’s competed for various organizations in Missouri and Mississippi; most notably, he appeared on the undercard of Strikeforce: Heavy Artillery, where he finished Lee Brousseau by first-round rear-naked choke.

If you check out the event’s official website, a couple things jump out. First off, the fight card is primarily a selling point for a 4-day MMA-themed "World Class Experience in Paradise." If only we had the vacation days saved up! But more importantly, the show is loaded with Zuffa castoffs. In addition to Jardine, MMA Global Invasion will feature Paul Buentello, Dean Lister, Jeff Curran, Kerry Schall, and Eliot Marshall; most of these names are misspelled on the site. On the bright side, the event advertises former UFC Octagon Girl Ali Sonoma as its "host," whatever that means. Hopefully she’ll be doing implied nude.

Since the Dominican Republic is a lawless place that doesn’t adhere to the rulings of American athletic commissions, Jardine should be able to compete there despite the indefinite suspension he caught after his ref-shoving incident at Shark Fights. Best of luck, Keith…

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MMA Freak- December 12, 2010 at 12:25 am
Unfortunately, Nemesis is an amateur organization, probably set up by Jardine to set up an attempted return. Nemesis changed the date, then changed the location, then changed the date again, moving the fight up a day. Unfortunately, that meant that some contestants arrived just a few hours before the fight, such as Jardine's opponent, Kiko. Nemesis provided the fight gloves, but, coincidentally, didn't have enough gloves, meaning guess who had to wait until he was being called to the ring to get gloves from the previous fighter. And judging? Let's just say that two of the three were downing beers throughout, one started ranting at the audience (mostly fight teams, staff, and security), and none appeared to be scoring during the fight. (Which, as expected, explained the Dominican fighter advantage in winning decisions.)

Fortunately, there were some bright spots, some spectacular KO's, and blood. UFC needs to grab John Moraga for their new flyweight division, before he is snapped up by someone else. While he lost a close decision to John Dodson, he has the trifeca needed for the sport: personality, talent, and guts. Technically, he is good. A great base to work from. He takes hits that would knock others to the ground. Most importantly, he can get the crowd to their feet. He's got the sex appeal. He's photogenic. He's the bad boy down the street, until he smiles and can melt any father's heart. At the meet and greet, he was approachable and spent as much time as needed with the fans. John Moraga is the one to watch.
jewjitsu- October 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm
Kiko gonna fuck him up. His jiu jitsu is SICK!
Stak40- October 5, 2010 at 1:35 pm
Francisco France-Nobody else finds this humerous? Fuck yall!
MoonBelly- October 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm
How did you find out about Jardine's day job?
Gardeninja- October 5, 2010 at 11:23 am
I'd pay to see him fight 3 goats under a bridge.
J-Dog- October 5, 2010 at 11:20 am
How could anyone dislike Jardine after his epic theatrical performance in Crank: High Voltage?
Hank Mardukis- October 5, 2010 at 11:06 am
@ Tai-pan

Nice simpsons reference
destinationblood- October 5, 2010 at 9:52 am
I feel like he should wear a good humor suit and sell ice ceam in rob zombie movies
jimbonics- October 5, 2010 at 9:47 am
I wanna see how much nipple he tweaks when he loses to a guy named Kiko.
Fried Taco- October 5, 2010 at 9:45 am
I'd pay to watch Keith Jardine against Papa Sow! At least a dollar.
MoTropolis- October 5, 2010 at 9:24 am
Man, this guy is moving further and further toward obscure and 3rd world fight promotions. He is gonna have to change his name to "The dean of green cards".
Dagnut- October 5, 2010 at 9:24 am
@Tai Pa - Quality.
Viva Hate- October 5, 2010 at 9:20 am
Dude, racism is never cool.

I do however love the idea of watching The Dean get shanked in the throat, I have no idea why I dislike Jardine so much.
BONGTAR- October 5, 2010 at 9:19 am
Someday, no body will want to punch him and he will run around in the streets doing his little monkey bounce begging to fight (get ko'd). And that will be sad.
831 Father- October 5, 2010 at 9:19 am
I was never a fan of Keith but even I'm starting to feel sorry for him. I imagine he still desperately wants to get back into the UFC. Maybe a camp switch from Greg Jackson's would be beneficial?
Tai-Pan- October 5, 2010 at 9:09 am
Keith is about one step away from having a knife fight with a monkey in international waters.
Fried Taco- October 5, 2010 at 9:09 am
Hopefully Keith doesn't shove Ali, that would be just mean.
Bob Reilly- October 5, 2010 at 9:03 am
Jardine needs to get back to his roots. Fighting in the streets of Amsterdam.