The UFC announced earlier this week that Georges St-Pierre will be returning to the octagon for the first time since he defeated Thiago Silva at UFC 100 last July. St-Pierre looks to extend his reign and his six fight winning streak against British bomber Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy at UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy on March 27, 2010.
“Georges St-Pierre is pound for pound one of the very best fighters in the world and has been dominant as welterweight champion, but Dan Hardy has the punching power and the confidence to score an upset on March 27th,” said UFC President Dana White.
St-Pierre has been unstoppable since regaining the title in 2008. The 28-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt holds two career wins a piece over the legendary Matt Hughes and current UFC lightweight champion and former welterweight champion BJ Penn. Despite coming into the bout as an overwhelming favorite, St-Pierre says that Hardy is a dangerous contender that he takes very seriously.
“Dan Hardy is a very worthy contender and I’m preparing for a war,” said St-Pierre. “He is hungry for the title and that makes him very dangerous, but I’m just as hungry to keep the belt and I am going to train and fight like I am the challenger on March 27th.”
Hardy is unbeaten in the UFC and fresh off wins over Marcus Davis and Mike Swick. A black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, the brash 27-year-old is looking to extend his seven-fight win streak as he becomes the first British fighter to contend for a UFC title. With 11 wins by KO/TKO and three by submission, the UK fighter with the 4-0 mark in the UFC always looks for the finish.
“I think I am underestimated by the fans a little,” Hardy said. “But GSP is smart enough to realize that I could knock him out with either hand. He will come fully prepared and I expect to face the very best GSP in March – and wouldn’t want it any other way. When I came into the UFC in October 2008, I didn’t expect to be the first Briton to fight for a UFC world title, but I am proud to make a little bit of history. But the real prize is becoming the first British UFC champion and that’s what is going to happen.”
The highly anticipated bout will be one of two title fights at UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy. The card also features an interim heavyweight championship bout between Frank Mir and Shane Carwin.