Carlos Condit climbed the scales of the UFC’s welterweight division with his first round knockout of Dan Hardy at UFC 120 last night. Hardy was taken to a hospital after the bout, but returned to the arena for the post-fight press conference.
“They photographed my brain, and they said there’s one rat dancing around in there somewhere, so I’m good,” Hardy quipped.
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.
“It was a good punch, man,” Hardy said to Condit at the presser. “Congratulations.”
With the big win, Hardy falls to 23-8 with the loss and makes it 0-2 in his last two performances. Hardy admitted to this not being his year, but promised to be back.
“It’s a learning curve,” Hardy said. “2010 wasn’t my year. I’ve had two losses this year, and I’ve only had two losses back-to-back once.
“I’ll get back on the horse and keep pushing forward. I’ll be back.”