Carlos Condit remained quietly confident throughout the lead up to UFC 120, while his opponent Dan Hardy spoke out as brashly as ever. “The Natural Born Killer” proved that his confidence was deserved tonight in London, Englang when he knocked out native son Hardy within the first round of their welterweight match up.
The Greg Jackson trained fighter looked patient but determined from the first bell, fighting forward despite the crowd’s deafening chants in favor of his opponent. It was Hardy who was pressing the action though, pushing on with aggression and constantly threatening with heavy punches. While Hardy landed the seemingly more powerful shots in the exchanges, Condit countered well consistently and constantly looked to time his opponent with effective shots. The end began after Hardy connected with a nice right hand and looked to follow up with a left hook. Condit launched his own left hook with bad intentions when “The Outlaw” let his go and the two punches connected at the same time in a moment out of a Rocky movie. It was Condit who was left standing after the exchange, however, and he pounced on a floored Dan Hardy prompting the referee to call a halt to the bout.
With the big win, Condit improves his overall record to 26-5 and his UFC record to 3-1. Many have questioned how far Condit can go in the UFC’s welterweight division after a somewhat rocky start with the organization, but with an emphatic win like this one over the last number one contender it is hard to question Condit’s legitimacy as a 170 pounder. Hardy falls to 23-8 with the loss and makes it 0-2 in his last two performances.