"I feel like it doesn’t matter what Chris comes in to do now, I can beat him wherever the fight goes." - Dan Hardy
This is Dan Hardy at 29. Still “The Outlaw,” still alive in the UFC welterweight division, yet still wondering how to right his ship after three consecutive losses. These days, fighters can get cut after three losses; some get released after two defeats, and there are even those who are one and done in the Octagon.
But there’s something about this young man from Nottingham, England, a spark, a charisma, an idea that there’s more to him than his 4-3 UFC record. And these were no slouches that handed him a trio of setbacks over the last 17 months – welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, top contender Carlos Condit, and rising star Anthony Johnson.
A loss is a loss though, and the oft-repeated storyline for his Sunday main event bout against Chris Lytle is that a loss may be disastrous for Hardy’s future in the UFC. He’s not shying away from it, stating that “this is definitely a back against the wall situation.” Yet at the same time, he’s not letting it cripple him mentally in the time leading up to the opening bell.
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