Charismatic British brawler Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy dropped his third contest in a row last weekend, losing a unanimous decision to Anthony Johnson. While three losses in a row usually means expulsion from the world’s premiere mixed-martial arts organization, Fighter’s Only is reporting that UFC officials have decided not to cut Hardy and he will be given another chance.
Johnson out-grappled Hardy for three rounds en route to a unanimous decision win last Saturday at UFC Fight Night 24. 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 stated at the evening’s post-fight press conference that the exciting brawler may still have a place on the promotion’s packed roster.
“We’ll have to wait and see,” said White. “I [expletive] love that kid.”
The UFC has not announced who Hardy’s next opponent will be, although “The Outlaw” recently stated that he wants a fight that will allow him to showcase his strengths, an “oldschool shootout with a guy that wants to throw down,” and he already has a man in mind.
“Win in a blaze of glory or go out on my shield. Someone like Mr [Chris] Lytle…,” Hardy wrote on his Twitter account.
Never one to shy away from a gutter war, “Lights Out” told BloodyElbow.com that he knows where Hardy is coming from and would be happy to oblige his request.
“I think it would be awesome,” Lytle said of a match up against “The Outlaw.” “I know exactly how he feels. He wants to go out there and fight. Just get out there and bang. He didn’t get to do that in his last fight and I’m all about it. Let’s do it!”
Hardy, too, spoke with Bloody Elbow in response to Lytle’s acceptance of his proposal, saying that the American brawler’s willingness to throw down is exactly what inspired him to seek out the fight in the first place.
“That’s exactly why I’m a fan of Mr. Lytle, and that’s exactly why the fans love him,” said Hardy. “He has the attitude all fighters should have, come to fight or don’t come at all. I’m sick of worrying about records and rankings, it takes the fun out of it for me. I just want fights that the fans will talk about in years to come. Old school shootouts, blood, sweat and tears, death or glory.”
A bout between the two would no doubt be an exciting contest not just for the fighters, but for the fans. Now it’s just up to the UFC to make it happen.