As we reported yesterday, light heavyweight Keith Jardine has been shifted to UFC 97 on April 18th in Montreal, Canada where he’ll face off with powerful striker Luis Cane.
MMAFrenzy.com has confirmed the 205-pound matchup, which was first reported by MMA Bay.
Though still considered among the best 205-pound fighters in the UFC, Jardine (14-4-1) has had mixed success inside the octagon since back-to-back victories over Wilson Gouveia and Forrest Griffin in 2006. “The Dean of Mean” suffered sub-one-minute knockout losses to Houston Alexander and Wanderlei Silva, but picked up victories over Chuck Liddell and, most-recently, Brandon Vera to improve his record inside the octagon to 4-3.
Luis Cane (9-1) brought his undefeated record to the UFC in late-2007, but suffered his first loss at UFC 79 by way of disqualification after illegally kneeing opponent James Irvin in the head. “Banha” rebounded strongly with technical knockouts of Jason Lambert at UFC 85 and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou at UFC 89.
Though the event is still unannounced, UFC 97 is expected to feature Anderson Silva defending the middleweight championship against Thales Leites, while a heavyweight unification fight between Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir as well as a grudge match between Matt Hughes and Matt Serra are also possible for the card. David Loiseau vs. Ed Herman and Jonathan Goulet vs. Tamdan McCrory are also scheduled for the event.