Five fights in a row.
Read that again: Five fights in a row.
That's where Keith Jardine's losing streak now stands following his split decision loss to Trevor Prangley on Saturday night at "Shark Fights 13: Jardine vs. Prangley" in Amarillo, Texas.
Four of those five losses came inside the UFC, where Jardine was facing competition that was either in the top-10 of the light-heavyweight division or close. Saturday's loss to Prangley, though, stings. A lot.
Less than three months ago, Prangley was dominated in 3:22 at middleweight by Tim Kennedy in Strikeforce. Now, just weeks later, here's Prangley fighting one weight class higher than normal and taking the fight to Jardine, including dropping him in each of the first two rounds.
This loss is simply inexcusable.
Jardine turned it on in the third round but it was much too late, as Prangley weathered the storm and won a split decision.
Now, the $64,000 question here is: What happens to Jardine's career from here on out? His climb back to the UFC is even longer now than it was before, and the way Prangley essentially handled him leaves a lot to be desired. Was Jardine simply in the right place at the right time when he made his name by beating both Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell in a nine-month span in 2007, or have his skills deteriorated? Or is it a combination of both?
Whatever the case may be, Jardine needs to find answers and fast or his career will continue to tumble.