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Houston Alexander vs. Keith Jardine

Main Card | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | Pro MMA

Houston Alexander defeats Keith Jardine via KO/TKO at 0:48 of Round 1

Houston "The Assassin" Alexander
"The Dean of Mean" Keith Jardine

Round 1

Houston Alexander Keith Jardine

"The Assassin" "The Dean of Mean"

6-1-0   Pro Record At Fight   13-2-1
Climbed to 7-1   Record After Fight   Fell to 13-3
+450 (Heavy Underdog)   Betting Odds   -600 (Huge Favorite)
United States   Nationality   United States
Omaha, Nebraska   Fighting out of   Albuquerque, New Mexico
35 years, 2 months, 4 days   Age at Fight   31 years, 6 months, 3 weeks, 4 days
202.0 lbs (91.6 kgs)   Weigh-In Result   205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)
6'0" (183cm)   Height   6'1" (186cm)
72.0" (183cm)   Reach   76.0" (193cm)
Team Doyle   Gym   Jackson Wink MMA
UFC 71
  • Bout Information
  • Event: UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson
  • Date: Saturday 05.26.2007
  • Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
  • Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
  • Enclosure: Octagon
  • Location: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
  • Bout Billing: Main Card (fight 6 of 9)
  • Pro/Am: Professional
  • Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
  • TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
  • Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
  • Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
  • Alexander Total Disclosed Pay: $8,000
  • Jardine Total Disclosed Pay: $7,000
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Alexander vs. Jardine Wiki

After knocking out Forrest Griffin in the first round of their 2006 fight, Keith Jardine had established himself as a name to watch in the light heavyweight division. Unfortunately for him, UFC newcomer Houston Alexander would use “The Dean of Mean” as his own stepping stone in Jardine’s next fight.

Coming into their UFC 71 bout, Jardine was pegged as much as a six-to-one favorite over the UFC newcomer by some betting lines. Not only was he more experienced against top competition, but few had managed to figure out his unorthodox striking and his timing was virtually impossible to get a bead on. Alexander had proven himself on the local Nebraskan circuit, but was untested in the big leagues.

To the shock and awe of everyone who witnessed it, Alexander came into the fight guns blazing. It looked like it could be over before it truly began, as Jardine got the better of the opening exchange and knocked Alexander down with a hook. After Jardine jumped on him to finish the job, Alexander fought back to his feet and launched his own vicious volley. Jardine got stung and couldn’t re-orient himself. Alexander swarmed on him, breaking Jardine’s repeated attempts to clinch up in order to throw another barrage of uppercuts. 48 seconds into the fight, Jardine lie in a crumpled heap with his back to the cage.

The combination of Jardine unconcious and Alexander’s menacing cage presence had the UFC brass thinking they had a new star on their hands. Following the upset win, Alexander went on to knock out Alessio Sakara in his next fight before suffering an embarrassing losing streak. On the night he defeated Jardine, however, he notched one of the biggest upsets in the history of the sport.

Last updated 09.26.2012, 11:46 PM ET
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