Few fighters have made as much noise in four UFC appearances as British slugger Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy has. Hardy naturally attracts attention to himself for being brash and outspoken; not to mention the red mohawk. “The Outlaw” is no joke though; he has won all four of his Octagon outings and, in doing so, defeated the likes of Akihiro Gono, Rory Markham, Marcus Davis, and Mike Swick.
Hardy holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu jitsu and has never been knocked out in thirty fights as a professional. Hardy owns 11 knockout or technical knockout finishes, as well as three submissions (although, to be fair, two of those submissions came because of punches; only one was a proper submission, a guillotine choke). He is undefeated in seven fights and his last loss was a questionable disqualification due to an accidental groin kick against Yoshiyuki Yoshida; before that he had won five straight.
Hardy most recently took on Mike Swick and won in dominant fashion; earning himself a title shot in the process. Not many are giving Hardy a chance in his title fight and it isn’t that hard to see why. He is scheduled to face Georges St. Pierre, a top pound-for-pound fighter who has turned countless top fighters into mulch while defending his belt. Hardy believes that he has what it takes to dethrone St. Pierre and it is this unshakeable belief in himself that could propel him to greatness. “The Outlaw” knows that he is expected to lose in this fight, but he doesn’t agree with that assessment; and he doesn’t think that the champ does either.
“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.”
You can see Hardy try and prove the doubters wrong on March 27th where he headlines “UFC 111: St. Pierre Vs. Hardy” at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.