Former UFC vet Keith Jardine snapped a five-fight losing streak last night at the postponed Nemesis MMA: Global Invasion event in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, where he scored a unanimous decision victory over submission specialist Francisco "Kiko" France. It would have been a celebratory moment, if not for the peripheral weirdness that surrounded the show. As Ben Askren tweeted last night:
"Just talked to [Kiko] he said nemesis was a complete mess. No judges. Jardine was greased. His check bounced. Doesn’t get much worse."
Which of course begs the question, how does one lose a decision in a fight with no judges? The greasing thing could be sour grapes, but it’s always notable when a Greg Jackson-associated fighter is accused of lubing up, considering that so many of them have been accused of that particular cheat in the past. (See: Georges St. Pierre, Nate Marquardt, Roger Huerta, Rashad Evans, Diego Sanchez.)
So far, Jardine’s only public statement about the Nemesis event was a brief message posted to his official website on Sunday: "Finally getting out of Dominican. Its looking like this thing has been a big scandal. Will be big news. Can’t wait to get back to USA and figure this out."
There are no updates about the show on Nemesis MMA’s official website. The results from the fight card (from what we can gather) are as follows:
– Keith Jardine def. Francisco "Kiko" France via unanimous decision
– Paul Buentello def. Kerry Schall via unanimous decision
– Eliot Marshall def. Chris McNally via submission (armbar), round 1
– Mike Nickels def. Kyle Seals via submission (armbar)
– John Dodson def. John Moraga via decision
– Chaun Sims def. Oscar Sosa via submission (armbar), round 3
- Terry Martin and Travis Marx also competed on the card, in separate bouts…still confirming results
We’ll update you on the show’s various scandals when we know more…