For MMA followers who solely got here to the sport in the creation of Conor McGregor’s rise to superstardom, Dan Hardy is predominantly referred to as the coloration commentator who is on the name for UFC occasions in Europe. However earlier than Hardy grew to become one in all the finest commentators in the sport, he was a fairly good fighter. Now it seems that Hardy is prepared to get again in the saddle once more and present new followers what “The Outlaw” is all about.
Talking not too long ago with MMANytt, Hardy stated that he has been eyeing a return to the cage for one ultimate fight, and whereas he fought at 170 kilos for his complete profession, if he had his druthers Hardy says he’d like to open up a brand new division for fighters between 155 and 170 kilos – the 161-pound division.
“If I was gonna come back, I’d want a name,” stated Hardy. “There’s a lot of guys in the lightweight division I would look at, there’s a lot of guys in the welterweight division I would look at. If I had my own choice I would take a fight at 161 [pounds] or 162 [pounds] and have that as a new weight class. There’s a need for a weight class in between those two weight classes and part of the resistance is Dana [White] doesn’t want to move the welterweight division to 175 [pounds], and I absolutely agree but that 161/162 weight class would be perfect for the guys moving up to welterweight or down to lightweight. For me, I would fight anybody in that weight class.”
Hardy is finest referred to as a one-time challenger for Georges St-Pierre’s welterweight title however Hardy hasn’t competed since a 2012 unanimous choice win over Amir Sadollah at UFC on Gas TV 5. In 2013, Hardy was identified with the coronary heart dysfunction, Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome and faraway from a scheduled bout towards Matt Brown. He has not competed since then, as an alternative shifting up the ranks of UFC commentators. If he does come again although, not solely does he have his eyes on a shiny new weight class, he additionally needs to have probably his ultimate fight be on the greatest stage, the UFC’s return to Madison Sq. Backyard.
“I like Madison Square Garden,” stated Hardy. “I know there’s a November card coming up and there’s still time to get on that. If the offer is right, and everything moves in that direction, if not, maybe early next year.”
Combating on an occasion at Madison Sq. Backyard is a notoriously coveted place amongst UFC fighters however along with his work in the sales space for the UFC, Hardy would doubtless have an inside observe in direction of making it on the card. Plus, the UFC’s return to Madison Squarge Backyard is set for November 10, giving Hardy loads of time to care for the one obstacle standing in the method of his return: USADA.
“I need to do the four-month USADA testing pool and the likelihood is I’ve got one more fight so I’m in no massive rush to get back into that,” stated Hardy. “It’s a very intrusive program which I like as a fan, as an analyst, and as a member of the UFC staff but as a fighter, I don’t need people knocking on my door at 5 o’clock in the morning knocking on my door and asking me to pee in a cup, but I will do it for one more fight when the time is right.”
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