Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy has gone from number one welterweight contender to riding a two-fight losing skid in the space of one year. The brash UK slugger followed up a unanimous decision loss to welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre with a shocking first round knockout defeat to Carlos Condit. In a recent conversation with BJPenn.com, Hardy discussed his most recent loss and how it has made him more dangerous than ever.
“I felt like I let myself down, I felt like I let my fans down,” Hardy said of his loss to Condit. “I didn’t have the respect for his, ‘roll of the dice,’ is the best way I can put it. My intentions going into that fight was to just go in there and beat him to a pulp and show the world I was back. I guess I got a little ahead of myself and I was a little too confident, a little bit too cocky maybe and I just kind of fed off the environment in the Arena and let it get to me a little bit. I just started chasing him with a left hook and that was obviously what he was looking for me to do so he could counter me.”
Hardy explained that he was lulled into a sense of overconfidence following his loss to St. Pierre for the praise he garnered by showing heart and overwhelming grit in a fight which most everyone figured he would lose in the early going. Regardless of the reason, Hardy has lost two in a row and is feeling more motivated than ever by his desire for vengeance.
“The Condit fight, I didn’t have any respect for, like I said, his ‘roll of the dice’. I didn’t think there was a chance of getting caught. But it has put me in a place where, I certainly wouldn’t like to fight me now because now I’m suppressing my inner serial killer and I want to hurt somebody and Condit’s going to be at the top of my list until the end of my career,” Hardy said. “I want to get that win over him and I’m determined to get that. I think this next fight is going to be a good step towards getting back to Condit and to the rest of the guys that I want to put a beating on. He certainly hasn’t gotten away with it.”
Hardy will look to put one back in the win column this March 26th when he takes on Anthony “Rumble” Johnson at UFC Fight Night: Ortiz vs. Nogueira, which will be going down at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington.