As expected, Keith Jardine has landed on his feet.
Less than a month after being released from the UFC following his TUF 11 Finale loss to Matt Hamill on June 19 in Las Vegas, "The Dean of Mean" has agreed to throw hands with another Octagon veteran when he takes on Trevor Prangley at Shark Fights 13 on Sept. 11 in Lubbock, Texas.
That's the word from Sherdog.com, who confirmed the pending match-up earlier today.
"The Mean 1" has dropped four consecutive bouts and six of his last eight over the span of three years. In addition to losing last month to "The Hammer," Jardine came up empty against Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Thiago Silva, and Ryan Bader.
Not exactly the weakest competition -- but still not enough to keep the Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 2 contestant from getting the Zuffa pink slip.
How quickly Jardine gets back to the promised land depends largely on his success outside of the promotion. And he's certainly not taking the path of least resistance on Sept. 11.
After getting the boot from Canada's Maximum Fighting Championship for double-dipping in smaller promotions, Prangley ran roughshod over Dennis Reed at Arena Rumble and Marcus Sursa at Shark Fights 7 -- both within the span of three months.
Following a perfect 2009 fight campaign, the South African hit some major turbulence in 2010. His Strikeforce: "Challengers" bout with Karl Amoussou ended in a technical draw after the "Psycho" took an inadvertent eye poke and was unable to continue.
Just three-and-a-half months later, Prangley was choked unconscious by rising star Tim Kennedy, also under the Strikeforce banner when the promotion made a mid-week pit stop in Los Angeles back on June 16.
Recent troubles aside, Prangley is a well-traveled veteran with nearly ten years of experience.
Shark Fights is expected to make an official announcement regarding the September event in the coming days, including additional names signed for the pay-per-view telecast.
Keep it locked in to MMAmania.com for future updates to this still-developing fight card.