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Keith Jardine welcoming Roger Gracie to middleweight division in July

Fan-favorite Keith Jardine has stepped foot inside the ring 27 times in his professional career and exited it with seventeen wins including those over Brandon Vera, Chuck Liddell, and Forrest Griffin. And, in the ten times he hasn’t come away with his hand raised, he’s never suffered a submission loss.

That fact will be put to the test this July when Jardine meets accomplished submission-specialist Roger Gracie under the Strikeforce banner. The specifics of the event hosting the bout have yet to be announced though it is believed to be taking place in Portland, Oregon.

Multiple outlets have confirmed the news with parties close to the situation with MMAFighting being first to report it.

Gracie, whose last name is synonymous with BJJ, is 4-1 in his career since transitioning from a decorated career as a submission-grappler. All four of his MMA victories have involved a tap-out.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

MMATraining Take: This is an interesting match-up in that Jardine’s experience could keep things standing in which case Gracie is in trouble. Plus, Gracie is cutting down from 205 for the first time which could have serious implications on his performance come showtime.

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