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Keith Jardine cut from UFC after TUF 11 finale loss

The "Dean of Mean" has left the building. After suffering his fourth consecutive loss at The Ultimate Fighter 11 finale this past weekend, Keith Jardine has been cut from the UFC. Mike Chiappetta of MMAFighting.com first reported about the contract being terminated.
"It sucks," UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting.com. "I have nothing but respect for him and I hope to see him back soon." Jardine has seen 13 fights inside the UFC Octagon and has become a popular face for MMA. He first jumped into the UFC scene back in 2005 on The Ultimate Fighter and has had many ups and down since then. Coming into last Saturday's match up with Matt Hamill, it was unknown if he would be cut facing a loss. Saturday's match went to decision with Hamill coming out on top and it was decided that it would be the last of Jardine we see for a while.
With Jardine being evicted from the cage, he will have more time now to focus on his MMA game as well as his new gym in Albuquerque, Mean1 MMA and Fitness. Jardine has the potential to come back to the UFC and show everyone what he is made of, but may get picked up by another organization in the mean time. The light heavyweight fighter has yet to make a statement regarding his departure, with his last posting on his website saying "I've gotten a lot of support from fans after this fight. Thank you. Thanks to all of my teammates who have helped me prepare. Matt is a real tough guy and I have a lot of respect for him. I feel that I won that fight though. I'm not whining here because you can't leave a close fight to the judges. I do think that Herb was wrong with the point deduction and too often he has too much influence in the outcome of his fights. All I can do is go back to work and that's what I'm going to do. Thanks everyone!"
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