MMA: Dan Hardy vs Matt Hughes: Would Anyone Care?

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2012

NEW YORK - MARCH 24:  Dan Hardy of Nottingham, UK  speaks at a press conference for UFC 111 at Radio City Music Hall on March 24, 2010 in New York City.  Hardy will face Georges St-Pierre of Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the Welterweight title bout.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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In random rivalry news, British slugger Dan Hardy made it clear in a recent interview with MMA Weekly Radio that he has a disliking for UFC hall-of-famer Matt Hughes and would love to meet the legend in the octagon.

The timing of Hardy's call out is odd to say the least as the fighter is currently on a four-fight losing streak and will certainly be fighting for his job when he faces Duane Ludwig at UFC 146.

Is Dan Hardy already posturing for an extra fight should he lose to Ludwig?

The UFC rarely matches a winner against a loser, so even if Hardy is able to win, this fight still makes no sense as the aging Hughes is currently riding a two-fight losing streak himself in which he showed his chin isn't what it used to be.

Hughes has paid his dues and he deserves a chance to leave the sport on a high note, but is this really the retirement fight that Hughes has in mind? Hughes hasn't publicly responded to Hardy's comments as of yet but with Hardy's lack of wrestling it would certainly present Hughes with a beatable opponent.

Hughes is a legend of the sport, but his days of being a main draw are long gone. Hughes hasn't headlined a card since 2008 and its clear that his next fight will certainly be his last.

Hardy didn't go too much into detail as to why he doesn't like Hughes other than to say he was a "blood thirsty kill freak."

Nothing sells in MMA quite like a personal beef between fighters and Hardy has a history of being able to sell fights but given how irrelevant he has become and the overall irrelevancy of both fighters, is this a fight that MMA fans could really get excited about?