Dan Hardy knows that he is getting a big break by the UFC.
Since falling to Georges St-Pierre in a fight for the UFC welterweight title, Hardy (23-10) has been in a slump. All told, he has dropped four straight fights since winning seven in a row.
For most fighters, that would spell the end of the road for them in the promotion.
But, style that “The Outlaw” brings to the cage is one that has earned him several fans and top honors in fights, despite those losses.
UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta wrote later Sunday night after Hardy’s loss to Chris Lytle in the main event of UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle, that he would not be cut.
Hardy, 29-years-old, feels he needs to take some time off, as he has fought twice this year, and get himself mentally and physically ready to try and right his ship.
“I don’t really know what there is to say, to be honest. It was a tough fight. It was exactly what I expected, obviously apart from the squeeze on the neck at the end,” Hardy said of his fight with Lytle. “I think my head’s elsewhere, to be honest. I’m gonna step back a little bit, just take some time and enjoy being in the gym for a while, and see where the future takes me.”