Outspoken UFC welterweight contender Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy will be looking to bounce back from a March title fight loss to current champion Georges St. Pierre this weekend when he takes on Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit on the main card of UFC 120. Hardy recently spoke to The Independent about the fight, and showed off the kind of brash confidence that keeps him a love-him-or-hate-him figure on most fans’ eyes.
“Condit’s not got the athleticism or the wrestling to do what St. Pierre did to me,” Hardy said, referring to the five round takedown and control clinic that St. Pierre put him through at UFC 111. “I think it’s safe to say that St. Pierre also has better Jiu-Jitsu as well. Although he was able to take me down, and he was able to control me for the most part of the fight, he wasn’t able to submit me. If you take Condit into account, he’s not got the strength or the wrestling to take me down, and if it does get to the ground he’s not got the ability to submit me either… I don’t see what his options are in the fight. He certainly doesn’t want to stand and trade with me because if he hits me I’ll smile at him and if I hit him he’s going to hit the deck. It’s just a rough night for him. I don’t see how he can win.”
One thing that Condit and St. Pierre have in common is training under renowned MMA strategist Greg Jackson but Hardy remains unconvinced that working with Jackson will provide Condit with the tools or strategy that he needs to come out a victor against “The Outlaw.”
“Greg Jackson is notorious for enforcing the kind of game plans where people fight safe, do the right things and take low risks and try to just win the fight,” Hardy said. “Carlos is the kind of guy that does like to push the pace, he likes to work for a finish, and it’s his tenacity that gets him into a lot of the fights. If working with Greg Jackson, he’s put a game plan together and he no longer has that tenacity, then I don’t really know what else he’s got. He’s not technical or powerful enough to win the fight in any other way.”
Known for his heavy hands and striking prowess, Hardy believes that the night will end early for Condit when they meet but he isn’t set on getting the knockout; he will also be looking to submit Condit should the opportunity present itself. Either way, “The Outlaw” sees his hand getting raised without making it to the final bell.
“I’m thinking early second round knockout,” he said. “I’m going to wear him down in the first round, and beat him up. At the start of the second round, I’m going to either catch him with a shot and he’s going to be knocked unconscious or he’ll go to the floor and I’m going to choke him out.”
UFC 120 goes down this weekend at the O2 Arena in London, England and will feature a main event bout between middleweights Michael “The Count” Bisping and Yoshihiro Akiyama.