Keith Hector Jardine was born on October 31st, 1975 in Butte, Montana. After combining his street fighting skills with light martial arts training, Jardine began fighting in 2001.
“The Dean of Mean” made his mixed martial arts debut in 2001, defeating opponent Amir Rahnavardi with an armbar submission. After winning five of his next six fights, Jardine began competing in the Pancrase organization based in Japan in 2003. One draw and two wins later, Jardine was invited to compete on the second season of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter.
Fighting under coach Rich Franklin, expectations were high that Jardine would fight well and potentially win the heavyweight portion of the tournament. After sitting out the first round, Jardine lost to eventual UFC heavyweight Rashad Evans, ending his time on the show.
Although he lost the competition, the UFC decided to keep Jardine on to see what he was capable of. He went on to defeat his next two opponents, but rivals from his appearance on the reality show, by TKO. The wins kept coming for Jardine until he was scheduled to battle UFC newcomer Houston Alexander at UFC 71. Jardine complained very publically about having to fight a “newbie” before being knocked out 48 seconds into the match after a vicious and aggressive attack by Alexander. Keith has since rebounded with a solid victory over former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell.
Andrei Arlovski - "The Pitbull"
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira - "Minotauro"
Brad Blackburn - Bad
Chris Lytle - Lights Out
Dan Christison - The Sandman
David Tank Abbott
Don Frye - The Predator
Ed Herman - Short Fuse
Eric Esch - Butterbean
Ernesto Hoost - Mr. Perfect
Gabriel Gonzaga - "Napao"
George St. Pierre - "Rush"
Gilbert Yvel - The Hurricane
Heath Herring - The Texas Crazy Horse
Ian Freeman - The Machine
Igor Vovchanchyn - Ice Cold
Jason MacDonald - The Athlete
Jason Von Flue - Live Wire
Jeff Joslin - The Inferno
Jeremy Horn - Gumby
Joachim Hansen - Hell Boy
Josh Barnett - "The Babyface Assassin"
Josh Burkman - "The People's Warrior"
Keith Jardine - The Dean of Mean
Kenny Florian - KenFlo
Marcus Aurelio - Maximus
Mark Coleman - The Hammer
Mark Weir - The Wizard
Marvin Eastman - The Beastman
Matt Hamill - The Hammer
Mauricio Rua - "Shogun"
Mike Swick - "Quick"
Mirko Filipovic - "Cro Cop"
Nick Diaz - "Diablo"
Patrick Cote - The Predator
Paul Buentello - The Headhunter
Peter Aerts - The Dutch Lumberjack
Phil Baroni - The New York Bad Ass
Quinton Jackson - "Rampage"
Randy Couture - "The Natural"
Rashad Evans - "Sugar"
Richard Clementi - No Love
Roman Zentsov - The Russian Hammer
Sam Hoger - The Alaskan Assassin
Sean Sherk - "The Muscle Shark"
Shonie Carter - Mr. International
Spencer Fisher - The King
Tim Sylvia - "The Maine-iac"
Travis Lutter - The Serial Killer
Urijah Faber - California Kid