British welterweight fighter Dan Hardy has not appeared in the cage since this past October, when he suffered a tough-to-swallow knockout defeat at the hands of Carlos Condit. Prior to that, Hardy had failed in attempting to dethrone Georges St. Pierre at UFC 111, losing via decision after five rounds.
He is scheduled to face Anthony Johnson this weekend at Ultimate Fight Night 24, where he will be looking to snap his two-fight losing streak and get one in the win column. The Outlaw told ESPN recently that his most recent defeat has him more fired up than ever to return to the cage and start carving his way back to the top.
“I can’t wait, it feels like years since I’ve been in the Octagon and I’m dying to get in there. I can’t wait,” said Hardy. “I hate losing at the best of times, but the worst thing is there is no way Carlos should have beaten me. I think if we fought 10 times, I’d win nine of them. I can’t take anything away from him, he caught me clean and took advantage of a mistake, but it certainly stays with you. I was back in the gym the following Monday, that’s how angry I was.”
Hardy has continually cited his own disrespect for Condit as being the reason he got lazy in the fight and gave his opponent the opening to land the fight-ending left hook.
“I had no respect for the guy, I had no concern over his striking at all. I didn’t think he could land a clean shot on me, and I was confident I could walk him down, take his best shots, and put him to sleep,” he said. “The problem was, I caught him a minute into the fight and I could see it in his eyes that I had hurt him, so I smelt the end of the fight and chased him with my left hook. I had more tools but my left hook has always finished fights, so I relied on it too heavily.
“I threw four in a row and he countered the last of them. It was good technique by him and stupidity by me.”
Hardy will have the chance to correct his mistakes when he takes on Rumble Jonhson at the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington in support of the main event between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Phil Davis. Don’t forget to check back on FightLine.com on the night for our live, ongoing coverage of the fight.