Hardy: 'I think my head's elsewhere, to be honest'

by John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com

"It's a nice vote of confidence from the big boss," Hardy told MMAjunkie.com of Lorenzo Fertitta's post-fight tweet that Hardy will get at least one more fight in the octagon. "Obviously, a lot of people are three losses and out. I'm obviously four down now, and I appreciate he's going to give me another opportunity. I love the UFC and the fans and just being a part of the organization and being amongst great fighters.

"I think if they are going to give me one more fight, then I really need to take some time and come back re-invented, if you like. … There are a lot of things I can do. But right now, I need space from competing, and I need space in the gym getting beaten up by much better guys in every area. I'll either improve or find another way. If I've got one more fight, then I'll take one more fight. But maybe it won't be for a little while."

"When I got into this sport, my intention was just to do what I could do and get as far as I could. I'm proud to say I fought for the belt. It may have been a little early in my career to have done it, but it was an opportunity I took, and I gave it everything I've got. But after that, I don't know. I just felt a little bit of a distance from myself and the sport for various reasons. I don't know.

"I think I had the quickest rise and the quickest fall the UFC's ever seen – four fights up, four fights down. But there were improvements to make. I know that. I just don't think between fights I've really had the time to invest in working on those particular things. I know I've got it in me to learn them."

"I had a great training camp. But what you do in the gym and what goes on in your head are two completely different things.

"I only had four weeks out in Vegas with Roy, and I made a lot of progress in that time – not that I proved it in the fight. But I feel like I did make a lot of progress. I feel like that's a good place for me to be and to continue to work on my game. That will be something I continue to do. Plus, I have a lot of good friends there now, and they need my help training for their fights, so I'll still be there for them."

"It was a tough fight. It was exactly what I expected, apart from the squeeze on the neck at the end. … I just went straight into his guillotine. I knew it was a strong technique of his, and he caught me with it.

"Chris is always somebody I looked up to, and I knew coming into this fight it was going to be a great fight, and he was going to really push me, and it was going to be a fun one. I enjoyed the first 14 minutes of it. That lack of oxygen got to me. It's just one of those things. I've got no shame in being beaten by Chris, and I wish him all the best."

"I think my head's elsewhere to be honest. I'm going to step back a little bit and take some time – just enjoy being in the gym for a little while and see where the future takes me. … I'll see where my life takes me after a couple of days off.

"I think I just need to really dedicate the time to it and either come back in a blaze of glory and make a run for the belt or do something else. I'm not sure yet."

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Dr Schopenhauer site profile image  

8/16/11 2:58 AM by Dr Schopenhauer

Judging by the very few posts in this thread it appears that everyone did end up shutting the fuck up.

nogblublt site profile image  

8/16/11 2:29 AM by nogblublt

Hope Hardy smartens up and starts training at a top camp. This goes for Roy Nelson as well. Both of them would be much better fighters in all areas if they were being pushed and training with greater fighters than themselves.

Rucking Fetard site profile image  

8/16/11 1:23 AM by Rucking Fetard

Wow nice comeback. How long did it take for u to come up with that?

Straight_Crown site profile image  

8/16/11 1:22 AM by Straight_Crown

He loses fights to guys with good wrestling and ground games because he is solely a stand up fighter. Oh wait, he loses the fights that stay on the feet as well

mr nemo site profile image  

8/16/11 1:06 AM by mr nemo

I like watching the guy fight, hope he turns things around.

The Notorious OMG site profile image  

8/16/11 12:49 AM by The Notorious OMG

his striking looked much sharper in the swick fight and even marcus davis fight than in the lytle fight, footwork was better tooI know it was really really short but even in the condit fight, he just looked crisper at the start than he did on sundayif he says the camp he's at in vegas is the right place for him then who am I to say otherwise, just seems like if you make such a huge move to the US to train, and you're losing 2, 3 now 4 fights in a row, you'd pick a camp a little higher up on the totem pole... he's definitely had 4 tough fights in a row... GSP, Condit, AJ and Lytle in his retirement fightI wanted to see diego/hardy eventually but the way things are going it's doubtful

chaplinshouse site profile image  

8/16/11 12:33 AM by chaplinshouse

I think he likes the fantasy and pageantry of fighting more than the art of fighting. He'll go live with monks because that's what the serious do in karate movies, but he won't do what the best of the best do in real life. Forget about the hair dye, the accessorizing, the lifestyle. Go live eat breathe and train with the best that do what you should have been doing the past 10 years, and come back possessed. A shift in attitude and he can be scary, but as is his go to standup is B, ground is D+. That will not cut it vs the A's. Cool guy but unless he makes some changes he'll never get there

BrunoMcGyver site profile image  

8/15/11 9:15 PM by BrunoMcGyver

don't diss Roy Nelson's house bro. This is the future of mma training right ere man, now its training camps, but the future will be all training house's.

AVClub site profile image  

8/15/11 9:06 PM by AVClub

I don't necessarily judge How good someone really is based on their record or even a less than stellar losing streak. Look who he's lost to. He's in there fighting in the UFC, not small regional shows against up and comers. With the exception of the GSP fight, he's definitely been in every fight. A split second difference in the Condit fight and it could have been different. While he's not as skilled as most in the UFC, he's still pretty good with the tools he has. Above all else, I give him props for stating clearly that he needs to be better. He knows he lost to better fighters. How many fighters have little enough ego to say that?

superCalo site profile image  

8/15/11 9:04 PM by superCalo

About the most well spoken on that I can think of.