UFC welterweight Dan Hardy was on the brink of seeking employment elsewhere entering a May match-up with Duane Ludwig before scoring a strike-based stoppage and saving his job in the process. Prior to the bout Hardy had lost a quartet of consecutive clashes including two in which he was finished by his adversary. With an impressive victory under his belt it seems like the former title-contender may be back to his winning ways and confident about his spot on the company’s roster. However, Hardy certainly isn’t resting on his laurels because of a single instance of success.
“It would almost invalidate the last win if this next one didn’t go my way, particularly with it being in my home town,” said Hardy of his September 29 showdown with Amir Sadollah in an interview with Bloody Elbow. “I have a lot of good memories from fights in my home town, and this one will be the biggest and best one of all. This is going to be the most important win for my career. I really need to perform, not only to show that I can win again, but that I can win impressively, as well. I need to show that I’m still moving forward, and that I still have a place in the division.”
When it comes to his UFC on Fuel 5 opponent, Hardy appreciates the Ultimate Fighter 7 winner’s tenacity though it appears his respect for what Sadollah offers as a competitor ends there.
“He’s a tough, durable guy, and that’s the first thing I always say about him when people ask. He will be there till the end of the fight unless you find a way to put him out. He will push the pace and make you work. The times he’s winning fights is because he’s wearing people down, and basically exhausting them,” explained Hardy initially before changing course. “It’s fine for him, but I wouldn’t want to be known for being tough and durable. I want to be known for being sharp and vicious and technical.”
“He’s good and straightforward, and there’s nothing really fancy about his style. He’s not overly athletic or overly big and strong for the weight class. He’s not overly fast. He’s just one of those guys you’ve got to take very seriously and be aware of all the time,” Hardy added, concluding, “If you don’t, you’ll find yourself in the third round, running out of gas while he’s still walking forward, throwing punches.”
Hardy-Sadollah is set to serve as the co-headlining clash at the Nottingham-bound event. Both fighters will be looking to back up a second straight win after exiting their previous bouts in triumphant fashion.
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