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Keith Jardine: 'My Story Is Only Half-Written'

Although disappointed, Keith Jardine is fine with working his way back up to the UFC.

"Starting over doesn't sound so bad to me," Jardine blogged on his official website. "Although my career is at a crossroads my story is only half-written. I have a lot of fight left in me and I continue to improve with every fight."

Jardine joined the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter 2 show in 2005 and competed exclusively for the promotion until his majority decision loss last week to Matt Hamill. For the 34-year-old with wins over Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Brandon Vera, four consecutive losses turned out to be the breaking point for the company man.


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"I was sad to get the news but it was expected," he wrote. "I've always been proud to be a UFC fighter and they have been real good to me. I can't help but to feel a bit like I'm losing a family."

Jardine (15-8-1), who compiled a record of 6-7 in the UFC, would be welcomed back to the organization once he improves his record.

"It sucks," UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting.com. "I have nothing but respect for him and I hope to see him back soon."

Jardine says he already has offers from other promotions and plans to continue his fight preparations once he returns from a weeklong vacation.

"I'm best when the chips are stacked against me and I will make it to the top," Jardine concluded, before thanking fans.