For those of you who missed the first episode of the “UFC: Primetime” show (a program on SpikeTV that follows Dan Hardy and Georges St. Pierre as they prepare for their fight at UFC 111) you missed a very interesting last-minute development in Dan Hardy’s training camp. UFC 111 takes place in Newark, New Jesrsey and being from England, Hardy wanted to arrive a few weeks early to get acclimated. While searching for a gym nearby to finish up his preparation at, Hardy just happened to joined forces with the last man to defeat St. Pierre, Matt Serra.
Most believe that Hardy’s only chance to win this fight is by knockout; his striking is technical and he has heavy hands. It is a widely held thought that Serra exposed a weakness in St. Pierre when he knocked him out to win the title, so much is being made of this serendipitous union. Can Serra provide Hardy the inside tips on how to catch and topple the seemingly unstoppable Canadian?
Hardy believes so, telling MMAFighting, “I’m spending a lot of time working with [Serra] and I’m learning a hell of a lot.”
St. Pierre also spoke with MMAFighting about their partnership and he told them why he doesn’t make much of it.
“I’m not really surprised,” said “Rush”. “I heard he was coming to New Jersey, and I think it makes sense for him. I don’t think it makes any difference for me. I don’t focus on what Dan Hardy does; I focus on what I do.”
St. Pierre has maintained that he will never take another opponent lightly like he did with Matt Serra in their first meeting, and he isn’t changing that stance for Dan Hardy.
“For me I’m fighting the most dangerous guy I ever fought in my career,” he said. “It’s a chance for me to redeem myself where I failed last time in the same situation. I’ve never been so pumped for a fight. The loss I had against Serra, it’s not really a loss against Serra because I fought him again and beat him. It was a loss against the situation. I’m in the same situation now, and I look at it like a redemption. It’s a great chance to redeem myself, because I’m in a little bit of the same situation as I was when I fought Serra for the first time.”