Last chance for UFC welterweight Dan Hardy?
Dan Hardy’s UFC nightmare is beginning to fade, after losing a welterweight championship match to current title holder Geroge St Pierre, things turned sour and now the Nottingham lad will compete in a make or break fight against Amir Sadollah at UFC on Fuel TV to save his wavering career.
Losing to champion George St Pierre certainly damaged his flight path back to a title contention position, but with a recent win under his belt and a return to home turf, we could be looking at a long-overdue u-turn for the decorative UK fighter.
Hardy will need to crush the now distant memories of defeats to GSP, Carlos Condit, Anthony Johnson and Chris Lytle on his rota if he truly wants to compete with the top dogs in the 170lb division.
“The Outlaw” saved his UFC career by a thread at UFC 146 when he knocked out Duane Ludwig in round one of their mixed martial arts clash, giving fans something of a flashback to the hungry, spit-fire Hardy that caught the eye of UFC fans worldwide.
Hardy reiterated his desire to keep fans happy in a recent interview:
“It’s essential, especially with it being in Nottingham. There have been a lot of fans waiting for me to come back to the U.K. and fight in front of my hometown crowd, and it’s just not been feasible recently… I’ve got to go back and give those fans the show that they deserve for the support that they’ve given me.”
Hardy will fight on the Struve v Miocic main card, and despite claims that he is in this competition for the money the Nottingham fighter he reassured fans this is about love for the sport and no other motive:
“When I got into it, it was because I loved the sport. Nothing’s changed. I want to get in there and fight guys. I’m a fighter and I come to fight, and I think as long as you show up with that mentality, the fight is going to be exciting because you’re trying to beat the guy up.”