(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.