Jardine Pushed To UFC 97

UFC light heavyweight Keith Jardine will not make an appearance at UFC 96 in Columbus, Ohio after all. Jardine was widely rumored to be in the running for a rematch with former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, but MMAInsider in late December confirmed that was not the case.

On Wednesday, a source close to Jardine said the Greg Jackson-trained fighter was recently moved back to UFC 97 on Apr. 18 in Montreal, Canada. No opponent has been named for his appearance.

So far, no match-ups have been confirmed for the UFC’s second incursion into Canadian territory, but a rumored bout between Anderson Silva and Thales Leites remains a possibility. Canadians David Loiseau and Jonathan Goulet are also expected to be on the card. Goulet is rumored to face Tamdan McRory.

Jardine last took home a split decision victory over Brandon Vera at UFC 89. He is 6-3 in the organization after his stint on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”