British UFC welterweight fighter Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy will be looking to bounce back from a March, UFC 111 loss to UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre when he takes on the last WEC Welterweight Champion Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit this October 16th at UFC 120. Hardy appeared on MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour with host Ariel Helwani this morning and spoke about his opponent, whom he believes showed evidence of some sort of mental affliction by asking for a fight against him.
“I actually laughed. I actually thought it was quite funny,” Hardy said of Condit’s request to fight him. “I just think I’m a terrible matchup for him. What he’s got in toughness, I’ve got tenfold. What he’s got in punching power, I’ve got tenfold. There’s no way he can outgrit me, or outwork me in this fight.”
Condit impressed during his undefeated five-fight run in the WEC but has faltered a bit since entering into the UFC upon the dissolution of the WEC’s welterweight class. Condit is 2-1 in the UFC, with a split-decision loss to Martin Kampmann, a narrow split-decision win over Jake Ellenberger and a come-from-behind win over young prospect Rory MacDonald comprising his UFC record. Hardy said that he took notice of Condit during his tenure as WEC Welterweight Champ and figured “The Natural Born Killer” to be of fair intelligence until he asked for this fight.
“I knew him watching him on the WEC and I thought he seems like an intelligent guy and he’s up for a fight,” Hardy said. “But after him calling me out, I’m changing my opinion of him. I’m starting to think he might have some kind of brain disability, maybe.”
“The Outlaw” told Helwani that Condit’s decision to fight him was foolish on several levels, but principally due to the fact that he is hungry coming off of a frustrating loss to Georges St. Pierre and is looking to make a statement in his next outing.
“To call and position himself in front of me right now when I’m feeling like this, and as determined and angry as I am,” Hardy said. “It’s probably the most stupid thing he’s ever done in his life.”
Hardy and Condit will be squaring off in the co-main event of UFC 120, which features a headlining bout between middleweights Michael Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama and will be going down at the O2 Arena in London, England this October 16th. The fight will air via tape delay on Spike TV.