Keith Jardine told an Albuquerque radio show that he will be fighting Brandon Vera at UFC 89 in Birmingham, England. Although the fight has not been officially announced, Jardine sounded like it was a done deal. If this turns out to be true, the fight card for UFC 89 will be one of the strongest top to bottom in recent MMA history. Perhaps the UFC believes Affliction is a threat and wants to prove they are still the top dog in the yard.
The potential match-up is intriguing because both fighters need redemption. Jardine looked to be on his way to a shot at the Light Heavyweight Title until Wanderlei Silva disemboweled him in half a minute at UFC 84. Brandon "The Ultimate Fighting Turtle" Vera, on the other hand, is coming off a terribly boring performance against Reese Andy at UFC Fight Night this past Saturday night. It was supposed to be Vera's big debut as a Light Heavyweight, but instead he spent most of the fight in his shell being defensive against an opponent with little knockout power.
With the addition of Jardine/Vera, it seems unlikely the rumored bout between Anderson Silva and Patrick Cote will occur at this event. Still, for a free card on Spike TV, it is a dynamic group of matches. Events like this are what made the UFC the top MMA organization in the world. I am glad they have not forgot that.