Light heavyweights Ryan Bader and Keith Jardine each announced on Twitter on Tuesday that they had agreed to their next opponents, and the pair will reportedly meet at UFC 110 on February 21 in Sydney, Australia.
Bader (10-0) defeated Vinny Magalhaes last December to win The Ultimate Fighter 8, then began his post-TUF career with a unanimous decision over Carmelo Marrero in April. After recovering from a knee injury, “Darth” Bader returned to action in October with a unanimous decision of Eric Schafer.
Jardine (14-6-1), a semi-finalist on The Ultimate Fighter 2, dropped a unanimous decision to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in March then suffered a first-round knockout to Thiago Silva in his most-recent fight in August. “The Dean of Mean” has earned notable wins over Brandon Vera, Chuck Liddell, and Forrest Griffin inside the Octagon, but has lost 3 of 4 and 4 of his past 6 bouts.
UFC 110, which airs live on pay-per-view on February 20 from the Acer Arena, is expected to be headlined by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez and is also likely to feature Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic vs. Ben Rothwell, and Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos.
Tickets for the card, which was officially announced on Wednesday, go on sale on December 9 and are available to the general public beginning on December 11.
Pictured: Ryan Bader