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Keith Jardine’s headed to middleweight for next fight

Former UFC light heavyweight Keith Jardine may be changing his nickname from “The Dean of Mean” to the “Dean of Lean” after announcing his decision to drop to 185 pounds before he steps into the ring this December under the Strikeforce banner.

“I’m pumped,” Jardine wrote on his blog, though added he wasn’t sure who would be lining up opposite from him in the cage. However, the 35-year old did say Mike Dolce – a former fighter who has helped the likes of Quinton Jackson and Thiago Alves with weight-related issues – would be in his corner, at least where diet is concerned.

Jardine has had a solid dose of success as a LHW but should now enjoy a size advantage in comparison to facing larger opponents who cut significant amounts of weight to make 205. Among the foes he’s felled prior to the move are former UFC champs Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, as well as other notable names like Wilson Gouveia and Brandon Vera. His last fight came against Gegard Mousasi on short notice where he battled for three rounds to earn a Draw this past April.

Strikeforce has not officially announced an event for the final month of 2011 but rumors have targeted December 17 with the possibility of Gina Carano and Renato “Babalu” Sobral on the card.

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