English UFC middleweight fighter Michael “The Count” Bisping recently spoke with Fighters Only Magazine about fellow Brit Dan Hardy’s chances in his title fight against welterweight champion and pound-for-pound great Georges St. Pierre.
St. Pierre is a heavy favorite going into this fight, but Bisping says that this fact won’t hurt Hardy’s chances.
“Dan’s in a great position. All the pressure is on GSP for this fight. I know Dan’s a consummate professional and I know from the UK scene he’s come up with a great game plan to bring the UFC welterweight title back to England… He knows he’s the underdog, but every welterweight on the planet is the underdog against GSP right now.”
Few would argue that Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy is not a fighter with endless grit and confidence. Bisping knows this and believes that it could carry his friend to greatness.
“Dan is a very good striker, he has that edge over GSP, but Dan’s best weapon is his belief in himself. He won’t beat himself before the fight starts. And even if GSP starts taking him down and things don’t go to plan, Dan won’t crumble psychologically. He’s not going to out-grapple GSP, we all know that. But he’s got an advantage on the feet and he’s a very hurtful puncher.”
Despite the confidence he has in his countrymen, “The Count” acknowledges that Hardy will have his hands full on March 27th.
“GSP’s real talent is his MMA, mixing it up, going from wrestling to BJJ, to striking and back again as fast as anyone in the sport. GSP isn’t afraid to stand with anyone. I don’t agree with this theory he won’t stand with Dan, but of course it is in his best interest to take this to the ground where he has the advantage.”
“UFC 111: St. Pierre Vs. Hardy” will take place on March 27th in Newark, NJ at the Prudential Center.