Despite repeated denials made by Anthony “Rumble” Johnson through his Twitter account, rumors are persisting that the UFC welterweight scrapper will be taking on UK standout Dan Hardy sometime this March.
MMAFighting.com is reporting that the two men have put in place their verbal agreements to the bout and that the bout agreements are expected to be signed soon. This flies in the face of comments made on Johnson’s Twitter account to the effect that a bout against Hardy is not on the table.
“Its not happening,” “Rumble” wrote of the bout. “Idk why ppl are saying I’m fighting in toronto.”
He also wrote, “no dude not happening” in response to a fan commenting on the bout.
Regardless, more than one source is reporting the bout is being worked toward for this March, possibly for the officially unannounced UFC Fight Night 24.
Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy had a rough go of it this year, seeing the momentum he built up with consecutive UFC victories over Akihiro Gono, Rory Markham, Marcus Davis and Mike Swick in 2009 halted by a five round, unanimous decision loss to Georges St. Pierre and a shocking first round knockout to Carlos Condit that both went down in 2010. The 23-8 Team Rough House product has been expanding his training by moving to the United States and exposing himself to new camps and training partners. He enjoyed a seven-fight winning streak heading into the bout with St. Pierre.
Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has not appeared in the cage since November of 2009, when he lost to recent number one contender Josh Koscheck by submission. He was scheduled to take on rival John Howard last March but was forced out of the bout with a knee injury and has been on the shelf since. The Cung Le protege currently sports a 5-3 record in the UFC and an 8-3 record overall.