Dan Hardy expected his fight with Anthony Johnson to be nothing short of a war between two guys willing to stand and trade.
That is what Johnson proclaimed he would do in the lead-up to their fight. But, once the cage door shut, “Rumble” used a strong ground game and earned a decision victory, sending Hardy to a third straight loss.
Now, the one-time challenger to the UFC welterweight title, faces possible release with a loss Sunday night against Chris Lytle in the main event of UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle.
For “The Outlaw,” it was a bitter pill to swallow in terms of what Johnson did, as he used the exact same plan in a fight during his earlier years.
“I was annoyed, but I was annoyed at myself and the reason is that a few years ago when I was fighting on a Cage Rage show I did the same thing to someone else, so I guess its karma,” Hardy said during a recent open workout. “I was fighting a guy who was 6-foot-4 and was a really good boxer. All the way (leading up to) the fight I told him I was going to stand up and trade with him, I was going to knock him out and when the fight came I hit him with a couple of shots and (took him down with) a big double leg and I did that for 25 minutes, beat him up on the ground and I won the fight.
“It was great that night, but obviously it backfired on me this time around.”
UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle takes place this Sunday, August 14 from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Don’t forget to check back on Sunday for FightLine.com’s live coverage of the event.