Wanderlei Silva (31-8-1) has expressed his intentions of signing the bout agreement to fight Keith Jardine (13-3-1) at UFC 84 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday May 24.
The latest announcement comes via his personal blog, which has been translated in part thanks to MMAWeekly.com.
Here's a snip:
"I'm leaving right now to sign the Jardine fight contract and you are the first ones to know officially. I am starting to train hard again to be able to get the victory."
It's a victory that the "Axe Murderer" perhaps needs more than any other in his career -- he's on a three-fight losing skid.
Granted there's nothing wrong with losses to Mirko Cro, Dan Henderson and Chuck Liddell. But if he can't beat Jardine it is going to derail any immediate aspirations he has to challenge the top contenders in the 205-pound division.
To help him prepare for the upcoming bout Silva will enlist the services of UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture and his army of dynamic trainers at the XTreme Couture gym in Las Vegas.
For his part, Jardine will continue to train in New Mexico with mastermind Greg Jackson and camp partners Rashad Evans, Nate Marquardt, Georges St. Pierre and others.
He is competing for this first time since his split-decision win over Chuck Liddell at UFC 76: "Knockout" back in September 2007.
With wins over Forrest Griffin, Liddell and possibly Silva, it'd be insane to not see Jardine challenge for the title his next time out, or at the very least fight the winner of Liddell and Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in a number one contender eliminator match.
Let's also remember two other important bouts within the division that are upcoming: Lyoto Machida vs. Tito Ortiz and Thiago Silva vs. Rashad Evans.
Things should be very interesting going forward in the light heavyweight category going forward. And the winner of this bout between Silva and Jardine will be in the thick of that mix.
It should be a good fight and interesting to see if Jardine can handle the pressure and aggressive style of Silva. He more than likely won't have much room to unleash those punishing kicks, which are a big reason behind his success.
For the most recent rumored UFC 84 fight card click here.