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What is there not to say about the cocky Brit with the Mohawk and the moniker "The Outlaw?"
Well, for one, Dan Hardy blasted his way onto the UFC scene on the back of three stoppage victories and continued that win streak with three decision wins and a KO to boot.
It was his unanimous point’s victory against Mike “Quick” Swick at UFC 105 that put him in prime position to unseat the perennial welterweight and pound-for-pound linchpin Georges St-Pierre.
By the time The Outlaw faced off with St-Pierre, he was riding a seven-fight winning streak. However, that was abruptly ended at UFC 111, as was his missed opportunity of capturing Ultimate Fighting Championship gold.
From thereon out, and apropos to his Octagon exploits, Hardy was on a one-way ticket to palookaville.
It began with a first-round knockout loss to Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit, followed by a unanimous decision defeat to Anthony “Rumble” Jackson. And, for the coup de grâce, the Outlaw was left high and dry in Brew City courtesy of Chris “Lights Out” Lytle’s guillotine-choke submission.
The writing was on the wall, or so it was thought, but any notions of Hardy being released from the Zuffa-based promotion were firmly squashed when the company's CEO, Lorenzo Fertitta, tweeted "Will not cut
@danhardymma I like guys that WAR!!!"
That said, if Hardy were to lose in his next outing, it’s highly doubtful that Fertitta or Dana White will keep him on their books, but crazier things have happened.
Still, with four consecutive defeats, Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy is desperately in dire need of a win, and for two reasons: his self esteem and, more importantly, to justify his continued tenure in the world's biggest and most lucrative MMA organization—the UFC.
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