Posts Tagged ‘Dan Hardy’

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Quoteworthy:

“I wouldn’t change it for the world. Even the result now. I’m a firm believer in everything happens for a reason and obviously I’m not ready to be the champion just yet. But there are a lot of positives to gain from it. Obviously one of them is the fans are now a little more aware of me and the fans that were aware of me before now, most of them, have a new respect for what I’m willing to do when I’m in there. [St. Pierre] took the win from me but he didn’t take the fight from me. I wasn’t beaten mentally or physically. I don’t know, it must be frustrating for the fans and it’s frustrating for me because I know that GSP has the kind of potential to make more of a fight out of it. But he’s very good at wrestling and he chooses to stick with the safe option to keep his belt. I mean you can’t hold it against him. It’s not what I would do in his situation but I’m not in his situation right now, so I can’t really make those calls. I certainly don’t feel like I’m miles away from winning the belt. I know I’ve got work to do but I’m confident that it’s within my ability to do it and get the belt.”

Former UFC welterweight number one contender Dan Hardy insists he’s going to learn from his loss to Georges St. Pierre at last months UFC 111 event in Newark, NJ and come back better than ever. “The Outlaw” was dominated for five rounds by “Rush” but contends that he was never beaten mentally despite a couple of tight submission holds. Was Hardy the sentimental winner as a result of his fighting spirit and refusal to quit? Or just another victim who needs to go back to the end of the line?

“Rush” was 11 for 11 in takedown attempts. Pretty much tells the tale in this one…

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Thanks to Bloody Elbow for the tip. Check out the striking breakdown and total performance rating for “St. Pierre vs. Hardy” after the jump.

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“As far as saying I’m not a martial artist… Because he walks out in the Octagon in his pajamas he’s a martial artist and I’m not? He knows nothing about me… I’ve been doing martial arts my whole life. I’ll brawl… but I think about what I’m doing. I’m a cerebral fighter…. Martial arts is about going to war… and it’s about messing people up. And that’s what I’m going to do…. My workout is the winning formula. You can’t put muscles here (pointing to his face). And that’s all I’m aiming for… He can jump higher than me. He can lift trucks. It makes no different to me. When I connect on his chin he can lift all he wants… he’s still going down.”

— Number one welterweight  contender, Dan Hardy, is not impressed with the athleticism and walkout gear of the reigning 170-pound champion, Georges St. Pierre. “The Outlaw” is only concerned with punching “Rush” in the face several times, which apparently all the muscles and God-given athletic ability in the world can’t stop from hurting. Of course, Hardy has to remain upright to execute his gameplan, which is a rather daunting task when it comes to the crafty Canadian. Will Hardy find an opening, drop one on the button and put St. Pierre down for a nappy before he gets to put his jammies back on or is he simply talking a better game than what we will see at UFC 111 on March 27?

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Dan’s in a great position. All the pressure is on GSP for this fight. I know Dan’s a consummate professional and I know from the UK scene he’s come up with a great game plan to bring the UFC welterweight title back to England. I will be up late, and cheering Dan on for sure. He knows he’s the underdog, but every welterweight on the planet is the underdog against GSP right now. Dan is a very good striker, he has that edge over GSP, but Dan’s best weapon is his belief in himself. He won’t beat himself before the fight starts. And even if GSP starts taking him down and things don’t go to plan, Dan won’t crumble psychologically.  He’s not going to out-grapple GSP, we all know that. But he’s got an advantage on the feet and he’s a very hurtful puncher. GSP’s real talent is his MMA, mixing it up, going from wrestling to BJJ, to striking and back again as fast as anyone in the sport. GSP isn’t afraid to stand with anyone. I don’t agree with this theory he won’t stand with Dan, but of course it is in his best interest to take this to the ground where he has the advantage.”

Fellow British MMAer Michael Bisping talks to Fighters Only about his ole chap Dan Hardy’s chances against welterweight kingpin Georges St. Pierre at UFC 111 on March 27.  “The Count” concedes the fact that “The Outlaw” will of course be stepping into the Octagon as the underdog, and goes as far as saying any welterweight facing GSP will do so as a dark horse. Is Bisping accurate in the assessment of Hardy’s advantage over GSP in the striking game, or is this just another case of a guy overlooking the immense talent of “Rush?” Lets hear some thoughts, Maniacs.

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Props: Fighter’s Only

Quoteworthy:

“Yeah I saw [the AIDS tweet]. I laughed. I think he needs to chill out a bit. I think more than anything it is Davis getting to Davis now. I think he needs to see it for what it was and just chill out a bit. It was all meant in good humor, I didn’t say anything malicious or do anything malicious. It was all funny stuff, like the photoshops and the plastic paddy thing. It was just like a back and forward you’d get between mates in our gym any day of the week.”

— UFC number one welterweight contender Dan Hardy is unfazed by the verbal attacks from former foe Marcus Davis, who Tweeted that he wanted “The Outlaw” to die of AIDS. After coming under fire for the remarks, which were in response to Hardy’s call for homoerotic photos of Davis from the blogosphere, Davis quickly amended his death wish from AIDS to “Hit by a car.” Like Frank Mir, “The Irish Hand Grenade” seems overly obsessed with a specific loss and has turned the normally fun trash-talking game into a public relations nightmare. Why doesn’t Davis just “chill out” like Hardy says and move on? Opinions?

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“I’ve beaten everyone the UFC has put in front of me; I’ve never turned down a fight and I am not about to now. I would have been happy having a couple more fights before getting my shot, but I was offered a spot as a late replacement against Mike Swick in a final eliminator in November, accepted, and beat him up. It’s funny Swick is now moaning that I didn’t deserve this shot. Swick should have kept his mind off me and on his last opponent, Paulo Thiago, and maybe he wouldn’t have been beaten again…. I’ve won four UFC bouts to get here, not-so-great Nate had three, none of which were against world-beaters. I am very amused Josh Koscheck is still bitching his lungs out that he deserves a title shot, not me. British fans will know Koscheck as the Fraggle-haired guy who got sparked out in one round in London a year ago, only to take his loss out on an innocent chair backstage, scoring a split decision points win over the unsuspecting piece of furniture. If you’ve forgotten that fight (and if you blinked, you’d have missed it) you’ll see something very similar in May when Paul Daley knocks him out. Koscheck says I have beaten nobodies but my latest win was over his supposed friend and teammate in Swick. How loyal. That’s why Jon Fitch isn’t improving, why Koscheck has so many one-sided losses on his record and why Swick will never fight for a title. They aren’t really a team, they don’t have each others’ best interests at heart and clearly there’s a lack of respect in that gym.”

– Number one welterweight contender Dan Hardy lashes out at his critics, as well as his 170-pound peers at the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), who have expressed doubt that he deserves a crack at reigning division deity, Georges St. Pierre, at UFC 111 on March 27. “The Outlaw” also singles out middleweight Nate Marquardt in his most recent blog post on ThisIsNottingham.co.uk, saying “The Great” isn’t so great after his losing performance against Anderson Silva for the middleweight crown. Is Hardy brimming with (over) confidence or stirring the pot feverishly to sell his upcoming showdown with Canada’s best — or possibly even the AKA stable for future fights — or all of the above?

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Props: Top MMA News & MMA Mania’s Jesse Holland!

Quoteworthy:

“[Koscheck’s] just bitching because I’m in this position and he’s not.  There are a lot of guys out there and I know Jon Fitch said a few things the other day as well.  Everyone’s entitled to their opinion and I’m sure those guys feel like they’re in a better position than me to contend for the belt, but they don’t know me and they don’t know what experience I’ve got and the fights I’ve come through to get to this stage.  They’ve all had their chances and we know how those fights ended.  Koscheck got beat up, Jon Fitch got beaten up, name it and GSP’s gone through them.”

UFC welterweight number one contender Dan Hardy responds to criticisms directed towards him from certain members of the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) that perhaps called into question the legitimacy of his shot at Georges St. Pierre’s 170-pound title. “The Outlaw” has assembled four straight victories inside the Octagon since his debut in 2008 and while he may have gotten his title shot by default, he’s one of the few remaining eligible fighters within the division that hasn’t already gotten the GSP stamp of disapproval. Anyone out there think Koscheck should have gotten another shot — ahead of Hardy?