A fight between Dan Hardy and Nick Diaz seems like something that would be considered way off in the distance, at least in 2012.
Diaz is serving a suspension, and even if he is magically able to get that suspension reduced at his hearing next month, he'll still be fighting guys near the top of the division.
Hardy is not one of those guys at the top of the division. He's lost four in a row, and his next fight—against Duane Ludwig at UFC 146 in May—will be his first bout since 2008 to appear on the preliminary portion of the broadcast. Hardy would need to string together four or more wins in order to even reach Diaz's territory.
That's not stopping Hardy from talking about the potential bout, however:
I would love to fight him, I'm a huge fan of his. He's a very entertaining guy and he comes to fight and nobody really does that anymore. I respect that and by all means I would trade some punches with him.
I believe Hardy when he says he'd stand and trade punches with Diaz, mostly because he's like that. It's his opponents who promise to do the same—like Anthony Johnson did a year ago this week—and then wrestle him to death. You can't fault them for the strategy, because it's a winning one, but it's still a disappointment.
Nick Diaz vs. Dan Hardy would be all kinds of awesome.