Jardine, Hamill Cleared for TUF 11 Finale

By Brian Knapp Jun 18, 2010
The pre-fight pleasantries are out of the way for Keith Jardine and Matt Hamill.

Jardine tipped the scales at 205 pounds for his light heavyweight matchup with Hamill (205) at “The Ultimate Fighter 11” Finale on Saturday at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The eight other men schedule to appear on the main card -- including “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 11 middleweight finalists Court McGee (185) and Kris McCray (184) -- also met their contracted weight requirements at Friday’s official weigh-in.

Rooted at Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts in Albuquerque, N.M., Jardine has lost four of his past five bouts and will carry a three-fight losing streak, the longest of his career, into the match. The 35-year-old Montana native last fought in February, when suffered a third-round knockout at the hands of the unbeaten Ryan Bader in Australia. Jardine holds notable victories over UFC hall of famer Chuck Liddell, former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and American Top Team standout Wilson Gouveia. Spawned by Season 2 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” he has secured nearly half (seven) of his 15 career wins by KO or technical knockout.

Hamill, meanwhile, has not competed since his controversial disqualification victory over Jon Jones at “The Ultimate Fighter 10” Finale in December. A decorated amateur wrestler who has been finished only once in 10 bouts as a professional, the 33-year-old Loveland, Ohio, native has won three in a row since his defeat to former middleweight champion Rich Franklin at UFC 88. Victories against EliteXC veteran Seth Petruzelli, one-time national collegiate wrestling champion Mark Munoz and International Fight League veteran Tim Boetsch anchor his resume.

“The Ultimate Fighter 11” Finale, featuring five bouts, will air live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale
Saturday, June 19
Palms Casino Resort
Las Vegas

“The Ultimate Fighter 11” Middleweight Final

Court McGee (185) vs. Kris McCray (184)

Keith Jardine (205) vs. Matt Hamill (205)
Aaron Simpson (186) vs. Chris Leben (186)
Spencer Fisher (156) vs. Dennis Siver (156)
Jamie Yager (185) vs. Rich Attonito (186)
John Gunderson (155) vs. Mark Holst (154)
Brad Tavares (185) vs. Seth Baczynski (185)
Kyle Noke (185) vs. Josh Bryant (185)
Chris Camozzi (185) vs. James Hammortree (186)
James McSweeney (231) vs. Travis Browne (251)
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