UK welterweight fighter and former number one UFC welterweight contender Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy met his match two weekends ago at the O2 Arena in London, England in Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit, who scored a highlight reel knockout win over Hardy in the co-main event of UFC 120. The notoriously brash Hardy was humble in defeat and maintained that humility during a recent interview with MMA HQ, where he discussed the loss to Condit.
“That’s the nature of the sport, sometimes you get caught sleeping and it’s never happened to me before, it was my first one,” Hardy said. “It was a tough lesson, I didn’t enjoy it much but I’m already back in the gym ready for the next fight. 2011 is going to be a better year.”
The finish was a spectacular one, as both fighters launched left hooks with bad intentions at the same time; it would be Condit’s that would land first and more cleanly and Hardy gave his opponent props for the perfect shot.
“Yeah, I can’t take it away from him it was a great shot,” he said. “My hand wasn’t up where it should have been and my punch didn’t land as clean as his did. It’s a lesson learned but I’ll catch him back no doubt. Every time I lose I always get it back one way or the other so he’s got it coming to him.”
Ever the competitor, Hardy pledged to return to the gym as soon as possible to shore up the weaknesses that led to his loss; though he admitted to not having a specific opponent in mind for his return fight.
“To be honest I haven’t, I’ve not really got my eye on anyone,” said Hardy. “It’s just whoever the UFC see fit to put me up against. I’ve not heard anything from them yet but I’m expecting to in the next couple of weeks.”