In a recent interview with MMAJunkie Radio, welterweight title contender Dan Hardy commented on the curious censorship directed his way on the “UFC 111: St. Pierre Vs. Hardy” promotional poster.
Hardy is well recognized for his red-dyed mohawk and prominent stomach tattoos but both features were airbrushed out of the UFC 111 poster. What makes this strange is that the three other fighters featured on the poster (Georges St. Pierre, Frank Mir, and Shane Carwin) all have tattoos that are visible on the poster.
Hardy isn’t sure if the censorship was specifically directed at him but he was told that it is a result of his attention-grabbing style.
“It was something to do with too much visual stimulus on the poster because obviously, the tattoo’s quite prominent and it kind of draws the eye away from the important information about the fight, the show,” Hardy said. “That was the information that I got.”
Hardy isn’t losing any sleep over the edit though, saying, “It doesn’t really matter to me. Obviously, it would have been nice to have the tattoo on there, but at the end of the day, you can see my face, and that’s the important thing.”
British heavy-hitter Hardy is known for his quick wit and sharp tongued trash talk; but he has not yet failed to deliver upon stepping in the cage. He has gone undefeated in four UFC bouts by keeping his opponents on the ends of his fists and turning his fights into slugfests. Although he is a heavy underdog in this fight, Hardy believes his grit and determination will carry him to victory. As far as the poster is concerned, he’s just glad they didn’t touch his mug.
“If they’d airbrushed my face off, I’d be a bit more concerned.”