A source tells Cage Potato that Keith Jardine will be the next opponent for Brandon Vera following his decision win over Reese Andy this past Saturday. The match seems to indicate that Vera’s stay in the light heavyweight division may be longer than he might have liked.
Jardine needs a victory after his TKO loss to Wanderlei Silva at UFC 84, and going against the once-highly touted heavyweight prospect Vera gives him a golden opportunity to get back in the running for the UFC’s light heavyweight title.
You knew the UFC wouldn't let Vera back to heavyweight that easily. Just like Mike Swick had problems at first with the cut to welterweight, the UFC is probably banking on an improved performance from Vera at this weight once he gets used to the cut.
Second, a lot of people may not know this, but Vera and Jardine have trained together on a fairly extensive basis. This isn't to say "they know each other's game" exactly, but each might have to be a little more creative if/when they battle to edge out the win.
Personally, I think everyone is looking to Vera's power and kicks to take advantage of Jardine's tappable chin, but I suspect it's Vera's ground acumen that could more easily be the decider. We shall see.
HT: reader asmiley420