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Keith Jardine vs. Luis Cane: Who Ya Got?

(Cane vs. Sokoudjou, round 2.)

According to, UFC light-heavyweight Keith Jardine will take on Brazilian up-and-comer Luis Cane at UFC 97 (April 18th, Montreal). "The Dean of Mean" is 3-2 in his last five Octagon appearances, with big wins over Brandon Vera, Chuck Liddell, and Forrest Griffin, and big losses against Wanderlei Silva and Houston Alexander. Cane most recently beat down Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at UFC 89 in October, and scored a first-round TKO win over Jason Lambert before that at UFC 85. All of Cane’s nine victories have come via stoppage, and his only loss was due to disqualification.

Sounds like solid matchmaking to us. A win for Cane would establish him as a serious contender in the UFC’s 205-pound division, while a win for Jardine would re-build his momentum and give him back-to-back victories for the first time since 2006. Keith hasn’t fared well against aggressive strikers in the past — but then again, he’s got that nipple-tweak thing going for him, so maybe this one’s already in the bag.

At this point, no matches for UFC 97 have been officially announced, though a middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Thales Leites is very likely.

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bundy- January 8, 2009 at 11:59 pm
Jardine. Unless he gets punched in the face.
hmm- January 8, 2009 at 11:23 pm
im not a big fan of either of the two guys, jardine's standup is stiff and robotic, dont know much about the other douche, but ill give the fight to cane because... i can
kostellow- January 8, 2009 at 9:30 pm
forgot to pick...
ithink cane has better punching though. if the fight goes to the ground well see two desperate lizards crawling on one another not being able to finish the fight.
i go for cane via ultra-boring decision.
kostellow- January 8, 2009 at 9:19 pm
i dont like cane. in his soko fight he looked afraid of exchanging with the gassing out heartless back stepping african.
i dont like jardine either. he doesnt know how to fight. no stance, no footwork, no power/skill to finish the pussy vera is.
AussieJosh- January 8, 2009 at 8:28 pm
Talk about a late stoppage!
Boomer- January 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm
jardine by a landslide

kazanski- January 8, 2009 at 1:28 pm
It could be a dried out white turd and I would still pick it over jardine.
fightfan- January 8, 2009 at 1:19 pm
Jardine is one of those fighters that just "ruin" up and coming talent. He ruins their chances for a title shot.....while, the whole time is NOT good enough themself(Jardine) to get one.

My favorite KO of the year......the Right Bitch Slap/Left hook combo was SWEET!!!!!!!!
SDGRANT- January 8, 2009 at 1:14 pm
I hope Jardine wins he has a real fighters instinct and heart that not many fighters have now a days.
Canucklechuck- January 8, 2009 at 11:54 am
I think Cane wins this one by hard slap across the face (although I really want to know if he actually did the slap so that he could pull down Soko's right in order to make way for Cane's knockout punch that immediately followed the slap). I agree with some of the potatoes above in that a Luis looks like one mean dude. That and Jardine is going to feel some serious pressure trying to keep up his five fight win-one-loose-one streak alive.
dedstrk- January 8, 2009 at 11:38 am
Cain drives Jardine out of the UFC.....unfortunately.
Steve-O- January 8, 2009 at 11:15 am
and fuck, i don't remember seeing that jumping kick to the body that souk laid on him the first time i watched that fight....looked pretty damn nice but cane didn't seem to mind
Steve-O- January 8, 2009 at 10:53 am
tough to call, but agreed a good fight in the making. jardine has a flash ko button that can be easy to find for an aggressive, accurate guy like cane. if jardine wins i think it would only be due to his awkward style and cane not being able to figure him out, but i'm predicting cane by ko.....i like what the guy above said about jardine forgetting his gameplan and standing there in the 2nd or 3rd
Jugger- January 8, 2009 at 9:23 am
I'm not convinced Cane is the real deal. He had big wins of Lambert and Soku, but both those guys proved to be some of the biggest "duds" of the 205 division. Jardine will be Cane's first real test. I'll decide whether or not to hug his nuts after this fight goes down.

Jardine has lots of experience and a great camp. I'd def. favor him in this one.
Bill C.- January 8, 2009 at 9:12 am
Always excited to see Jardine in action. I see him taking this one by TKO.
BionicWalta- January 8, 2009 at 9:08 am
Luis Cane, via thuggery
starrywalsh- January 8, 2009 at 9:00 am
I think it will be a great match up, Cain is well able to take a shot, and is so relaxed, he is definatly a contender.

Jardine has a strange fighting style, Cain could find it hard to figure out, sometimes I wonder if Jardine knows what he is doing/going to do himself.

I like both these fighters, I'm leaning towards Cain, but I would never count out Jardine.
Douchebaggery- January 8, 2009 at 7:54 am
I see Cane charging at Jardine and Jardine trying to use his goofy footwork to keep distance and land some kicks like Jackson instructed him to do and then Cane eventually catching him with a combo in the second when Jardine forgets the gameplan and stands in front of him
Fenix- January 8, 2009 at 7:51 am
Cane by way of Bitchslap
Brad- January 8, 2009 at 7:46 am
Pretty sure that site has been proven to be a lot of BS on the Sherdog forums. That said, I hope this does happen because it is a good fight in the making.
Nelson- January 8, 2009 at 7:41 am
I don't think the nipple tweak could help Jardine in this one. It didn't save him from getting KO'ed by Wanderlei.
mayhem420- January 8, 2009 at 7:36 am
Cane should win this one easy. I dont see Keith doing much in this one but looking up at the lights.