Hardonk on retirement, most annoying fight ever

by Ben Fowlkes | source: mmafighting.com

"In your twenties, you don't think about the future as much," Antoni Hardonk the Dutch kickboxer and UFC veteran told MMA Fighting recently. "You do whatever you feel like doing and you don't think about it. In your thirties, the future is more of a consideration. For me, I'm a good competitor, I have some talent, but I can't retire on that. I can survive, but that's basically it. So I decided I had to move on."

In April, Hardonk opened his own gym – Dynamix Martial Arts in Santa Monica, Calif. – and began devoting more of his energy to teaching.

When his kickboxing career stalled, Hardonk moved into MMA at a relatively late stage in his career. He had some highs, including three straight TKO victories in the UFC. He also had some lows, including his decision loss to Justin McCully, which he still regards as the most "annoying" fight he ever had, simply because he had to listen to Tito Ortiz shouting instructions all night.

"I always enjoyed teaching. I enjoyed helping people and making them better – people at all levels. I think you could be a rich man, but if you don't have anyone to share it with it doesn't matter ... Fighting is my passion, and I enjoy sharing that passion with other people."

"I think what matters most is that you are happy with what you are doing. And I am. I'm happy."

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grafzep site profile image  

8/14/10 12:24 PM by grafzep

His fight with Eddie Sanchez was one of the best fights of the year. Search for it, you will not be disappointed.

Mr.Unbreakable site profile image  

8/14/10 10:54 AM by Mr.Unbreakable

 He's a supper cool guy. Good for him. Take Care Bro & God Bless! Brian Warren

BenBJJ site profile image  

8/14/10 10:44 AM by BenBJJ

Best of luck to him. He always came off as a good person.

Sebastiaan site profile image  

8/14/10 10:34 AM by Sebastiaan

Antoni is such an awesome dude! Wise man as well.

MMAOutbreak site profile image  

8/14/10 1:29 AM by MMAOutbreak

Not many better to learn some stand up technique from.

awilson82 site profile image  

8/13/10 10:57 PM by awilson82

 Ill miss his fights was always a fan and its a shame he didnt get better trained in wrestling and BJJ when he was younger as he could have def been a big force in the top of the divison. Tough guy and glad hes found somthing he loves.

Caestus site profile image  

8/13/10 10:07 PM by Caestus

Hey good for him. <br /><br />More people should get out before their bodies are shot and they can still do something they love.

French Fries Malone site profile image  

8/13/10 9:28 PM by French Fries Malone

 always been a fan, his fights with pendergarst and sanchez were epic. Im laughing at the most  "annoying" fight,. would suck to have to listen to tito yelling instructions all night...esp when mcully is laying on top of you. hardonk almost broke his arm with a ricksonesque arm- lock though

Spencer Fisher site profile image  

8/13/10 9:11 PM by Spencer Fisher

 some of the best training ive had!!

LayzieTheSavage site profile image  

8/13/10 8:11 PM by LayzieTheSavage

 I see him at Vladdy's gym in El Segundo. Good guy.