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Keith Jardine’s Week Just Went From Bad to Worse


(If you ask me to do the Techno Viking dance one more time, I’m shoving that glove up your ass.)

When Keith Jardine lost his Shark Fights debut against Trevor Prangley last weekend, effectively racking up his fifth straight loss, it didn’t seem like things could get much worse for the struggling former UFC light heavyweight.

It appears it did.

Jardine has been suspended indefinitely pending a disciplinary hearing for allegedly shoving a Texas Combative Sports Program official prior to his main event fight Saturday night.


According to Jardine’s manager, "The Dean of Mean" was reacting to being aggressively grabbed by fans as he made his way to the cage and thought he was pushing an overzealous spectator.

“What happened, when Keith got through the crowd area, he was stopped and somebody was pulling on his shirt, out of reaction Keith pushed the guy to get him off and it happened to be [an official]," Jardine’s manager, John Madrid told MMAWeekly. "There were no commission people or any security or anything to escort Keith out to the cage, and the TV guys are saying we gotta go. The crowd was really tight knit walking out, people reaching over the barriers grabbing at him and wanting to touch him. He’s standing there … he’s being grabbed, he turns around in instinct and pushes the guy back, thinking its an over aggressive fan, but it happens to be [an official]. He’s very apologetic to that. The only part that the commission saw was Keith pushing the commission guy.”

Here’s the video of the incident, which seems to contradict Jardine’s camp’s side of the story. In the clip, it looks like Jardine takes umbrage with the official touching him while he gives him some last-minute instruction before he enters the cage and seems to clearly pauses for a second to look at who he is about to shove before giving the ref the "get the fuck off me."


(Video courtesy Youtube/ArkhamAsylumSD/SharkFights)

Assistant Texas Combative Sports Program manager, Greg Alvarez, who points out that a hearing may take weeks or months to schedule, said that regardless of the intent, any time a fighter comes into physical contact with an official, disciplinary action is taken.

“He pushed one of my referees. The complaint is open and enforcement will contact him. Once there’s a complaint it’s out of my hands. They call him in for the interview and he can give his side. Some take a couple weeks, some a couple months. Our agency regulates 26 other (area), not just combative sports.”

I doubt very much that Jardine will have a leg to stand on when the commission gets ahold of the video of the incident, but then again, stranger things have happened.

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mackojr- September 15, 2010 at 6:21 am
Man this is some Bull! I remember when it happened and it happened out of confusion because Shark Fight didn't have any security. This is a case of the Texas Commision wanting to act like they're a tight run organization and like they actually know what they're doing. It's just an abuse of power! I think Jardine should show the official what it would rerally be like if he wanted to hurt him!
Big Cunt-ry Nelson- September 15, 2010 at 3:37 am
hahaha brilliant
stopdrinkingpee- September 14, 2010 at 10:41 pm
@CAP10: Word.
Dr.- September 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm
Too bad it wasn't Cecil Peoples he shoved.
Chiggs- September 14, 2010 at 9:14 pm
DP.
Chiggs- September 14, 2010 at 9:13 pm
Ya I noticed as well, but timed it starting at :17s, either way he does give him a little pat so the Ref/official cant be too pissed, an really if he was THAT fuckin concerned about it, why not just call him an dq it right there? Would think if the dude was all that shook up by a fuckin little tap, that he'd a said fuckit, callit an got the fuck away from Jardine. Anyways, bullshit call for the Techno Viking!! He'll dance his way outta this with his awarkard octo style!
Seoul Brother- September 14, 2010 at 7:36 pm
Lighten up, Keith! The schmuck just wanted you to autograph his copy of "Crank High Voltage!"
FreddyFangers- September 14, 2010 at 5:47 pm
When does he hand him the piece of paper for Jardine to tear up??

Another gem in this clip is Frye
Frye: "I hope you are enjoying the fights, if you are not, I'm gonna kill ya."
cecils_pupils- September 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm
and, BTW, +1's to everyone for all the Techno Viking references.
AussieJosh- September 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm
at 0:22 looks like Keith gives the same guy a pat on the arm almost to say sorry. Come on guys! They kissed and made up! Lets move on!
cecils_pupils- September 14, 2010 at 3:59 pm
Cmon - that's it? That was barely a shove... puh-lease. He's all jacked-up and ready to fight and the ref must have said somethin' - look at Keith's face. He's clearly pissed at what they guy said.

Either way, this was not a big deal and the commission is getting all stupid over it.
Bob Reilly- September 14, 2010 at 3:09 pm
I've seen jardine do this before. In amsterdam while we were dancing to techno.
Ballkick- September 14, 2010 at 3:01 pm
Oh Keith,......it is such a sad time for you.
Chin up,...Garcia Honda in Albuquerque has an opening in their Used Car Sales department.
Best of luck flogging Civic's dude.
knucklesamitch- September 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Wait...From the sound of it, did Cheech Marin fill-in on commentary for this fight while Don Frye ran down to the local Hooters?
MediumRare- September 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm
@ eatthecage: +50

The thing that happened off camera was the ref ran into the girl with the blue hair while she was dancing.

Japanadian- September 14, 2010 at 2:56 pm
Jardine's a big boy now, he wants to take his shirt off all by himself.
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- September 14, 2010 at 2:14 pm
easy there shitbag, dont hurt yourself lol. No one said the Texas combative sprts program was awesome, CP's simply reporting a story that has no relevance to whether or not the TCSP makes good decisons
Viva Hate- September 14, 2010 at 2:03 pm
Yet another fight that Jardine is destine to lose.
disastras- September 14, 2010 at 1:54 pm
0-5? I think not. I give him the decision against that old man in the video.
eatthecage- September 14, 2010 at 1:43 pm
He would have been much more accepting if the ref was handing him an upsidedown bottle of water.
topdog- September 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm
What an idiot? How can he argue that there was clearly no spectators around the pre entrance huddle. You can see Greg Jackson even step in to prevent him from doing anything else. I do like how he double taked it. Hahaha that's even worse than Daley's attempted sucker punch on Kos.
Morningwood- September 14, 2010 at 1:32 pm
Jardine was just trying to pick a fight with someone he could beat. Well, maybe beat.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 14, 2010 at 1:30 pm
The only way Kieth knows how to show affection is through whiskey-fueled alcoholic rage.
shitbag- September 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm
Oh, I forgot to add, they just liscensed Margerito to fight Pacquiao! Margerito who even the dumbshits in California STILL banned - because he loaded his gloves with plaster of paris.

...oh wait, that's right he "didn't know"
CAP10- September 14, 2010 at 1:26 pm
If he's smart he'll change his nickname to "The Dean of Cordiality" to show he's serious about it not happening again.
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