Keith Jardine says he is 'semi-retired,' discusses health and safety issues

Keith Jardine has decided to step away from fighting for the time being, waiting to get himself healthy. He also talks about unsafe decisions he made in the past after being knocked out.

Keith Jardine has been out of the cage since July of last year, having compiled an 0-2-1 record in Strikeforce. With that promotion folding and very little chance of a move to the UFC coming, some have wondered what Jardine's next move would be

Jadine explained his situation to MMA Fight Corner:

"A lot of people have been pushing me to retire, I’ve been a shell of myself these last couple years. I’ve been saying I’m definitely on the shelf, I’m semi-retired, I’m definitely on the shelf right now,"

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"...my approach right now is I’m trying to get myself healthy. And then once I feel like I’m ready to go out and to perform at a level I want to and shock the world, I want to do it. I got to do it again. I don’t care if I win or lose, but I just want to go out there and perform and be Keith Jardine which I haven’t been in the last couple of years. When I dropped to middleweight it was a disaster, it was stupid. It made everything worse."

Somewhat more interestingly, Jardine talked about one of the biggest safety issues in the sport, fighters ignoring medical suspensions and participating in full contact in the gym shortly after stoppage losses:

"One thing with fighters though and I’m sure that is going to hold true with everybody, I was so stupid back then. I remember I fought Houston Alexander and I got caught in that fight. Well, I was back in the gym the exact following week helping Rashad train and I was just getting hit in the back of the head and I was like ‘whoa, this doesn’t feel quite right’. I knew I wasn’t quite right, but nobody was telling me not to. It was like ‘Hey look at Keith, he’s doing a good job, he’s the hardest worker in the gym. He’s in there training’. I was like no, someone needed to send me home."

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