This is my follow up to the article I posted yesterday; I suggest you read part 1 to see where I am coming from.
As I talked about in my first post, UK MMA is only getting bigger and will continue to do so. The Telegraph website is now covering mma and other stories are being reported by mainstream media. However we are still waiting for a true break out star to emerge from the UK. As I predicted back in March, I don’t think it will be Michael Bisping. That seemed to ring true after his UFC 100 KO at the hands of Dan Henderson. I felt that the first true star of UK MMA was going to be Dan Hardy or come from elsewhere and it would appear that is happening.
After defeating both Marcus Davis and Mike Swick the Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy has earned himself a title shot. Some might say undeserved but I would disagree. At the time of the fight announcement there was no one else who deserved it more. Alves and Fitch had already been soundly beaten by GSP, Koschek had just recently lost to Paulo Thiago and Hardy had just beaten Swick. So for me it made sense and I know that Dana White is fully aware of the impact that a UK Champion would have on the sport. It’s a win win situation for the UFC. For this article I will only say that I think Dan Hardy is being written off to easily, he has a chance and I for one am hugely excited for this fight.
Elsewhere UK fighters are also making a name for themselves and have the potential to become big names. Hardy’s team mate, Paul Daley made an explosive debut in the UFC and immediately made an impact defeating Martin Kampmann. He has put himself straight in the Welterweight mix and another win at UFC 108 will firmly place another UK star within title contention. Ross Pearson the TUF 9 winner made an impressive debut last month and looks to have a good future. Terry Etim and John Hathaway have been quietly going about there business building solid fight numbers and are very close to emerging from the under-card.
So overall I think the search for a UK mma star is not far away. We have good fighters with promising futures. Here’s one fan hoping that the promise is fulfilled and that Dan Hardy will be the first UK UFC Champion. A tough prospect to say the least but you never know!!