UFC President Dana White today confirmed to MMAFighting that Jardine was cut after dropping a majority decision to Matt Hamill at Saturday’s The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale.
“It sucks,” White said. “I have nothing but respect for him and I hope to see him back soon.”
After being eliminated from The Ultimate Fighter 2 by future training partner Rashad Evans, Jardine won four of his first five UFC fights, including a victory over Forrest Griffin, but his title hopes were derailed after suffering a 48-second KO to newcomer Houston Alexander in 2007.
Jardine bounced back with a unanimous decision over former champ Chuck Liddell, but has since lost 5 of his last 6, including his current four-fight losing streak to Quinton Jackson, Thiago Silva, Ryan Bader, and Hamill that dropped his UFC record to 6-7.