For the first two years of his UFC run there were few fighters hotter than Dan Hardy, as the well-rounded Brit went 4-0 and ended up with a shot at taking Georges St-Pierre’s divisional title. However, Hardy would go on to lose the bout in addition to his next three outings, leaving him on the cusp of being cut.
Fortunately for his fans, a knockout win over Duane Ludwig in May of this year ended talk of Hardy’s release, reminding the world of his stand-up prowess and setting him up for Saturday’s scrap with Amir Sadollah at UFC on Fuel 5. The bout has been a long time coming for a man who has experienced a number of highs and lows over the past few years, though also an individual who is thankful for not only the opportunity but the winding road leading him to it.
“I would never change that losing streak. It was as important, if not more important than my first four fights in the UFC when I was winning,” admitted Hardy in an interview with the UFC.
“The win streak at the start was great because it gave me that confidence that I belonged at this level of competition and that I could compete with these guys. Then I hit the title-fight and I got a lot of heat for it, and I went in there to prove a point that I did belong, because I believed I belonged. Then I had a losing streak and it kinda got away from me a little bit, and I started to realize that I can’t look too far ahead. I’ve got to stay focused on what’s immediately in front of me and get that taken care of,” he continued. “And I can’t go into this next fight thinking I’ve got to win this because I want that guy or I want to do this or I want to do that, and the most important thing is winning the next fight, and that’s really what I learned from the losing streak.”
“If this fight was my last one and I went out with a big win in Nottingham, that would be a great final chapter,” concluded Hardy of the chance to fight in his hometown. “Obviously I’m not planning on it being that, but that’s the way I’m feeling about it. I’ve got to go in there and get the job done like I’m never gonna have this opportunity again.”
Hardy holds an overall record 24-10 with sixteen stoppages while Sadollah is 6-3 and coming off a Split Decision win over Jorge Lopez. Fans can catch their clash on Fuel TV tomorrow afternoon when the main card starts at 4:00 PM EST. Prelims will air on Facebook starting at 1:30 PM EST.
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