With the UFC’s absorption of the WEC and recent acquisition of Strikeforce, the promotion is being more selective than ever when it comes to who stays and who goes following losses.
Depending on the fashion by which a fighter drops a contest, he may see his contract with the UFC terminated after two fights. Three defeats in a row almost always spells expulsion.
That is, unless you are a popular fighter who always comes to fight and appeals very much to a specific foreign audience where the UFC maintains a market. British slugger Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy ate his third consecutive loss in the UFC last night courtesy Anthony Johnson, who exploited the mohawked welterweight’s biggest weakness: wrestling.
Johnson out-grappled Hardy for three rounds en route to a unanimous decision win after stealing the momentum with a head kick that floored “The Outlaw” early in the first. Prior to that fight, Hardy was shockingly knocked out by Carlos Condit and taken the distance by welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who employed a similar strategy as Johnson to defeat the Brit.
Despite his recently dropped contest, UFC president Dana White told MMAJunkie.com that Hardy’s termination is not set in stone and that the exciting brawler may still have a place on the promotion’s packed roster.
“Not necessarily,” White said. “We’ll have to wait and see. I [expletive] love that kid.”
Hardy’s professional record now stands at 23-9, his UFC record at 4-3.