Not too long ago, Dan Hardy was working his way up the UFC’s welterweight ladder. “The Outlaw” eventually secured a shot at UFC champion Georges St-Pierre, but was defeated. Since that time, Hardy has struggled, dropping four straight fights.
Now, with a bout planned for later this year against Duane Ludwig at UFC 146, Hardy feels like he has returned to his roots.
“I’ve got the anger back that I used to have when I was at Cage Warriors, which is a good place to be because that’s when I enjoyed hurting people,” said Hardy, in a recent interview with ESPN.com. “I spent my whole career trying to get to the UFC, but then a lot of changes in my life, personal things and the media attention – it distracted me from being a mixed martial artist.”
Hardy’s willingness to stand and trade granted him another chance to compete in the UFC. His four losses have come at the hands of GSP, current interim UFC welterweight champ Carlos Condit, Anthony Johnson and Chris Lytle.