Georges St. Pierre recently put in his latest dominant performance over a tough but hopelessly outmatched Dan Hardy. Despite all the pre-fight bluster about Hardy’s dangerous power the challenger landed one leg kick to the champion while standing. St.Pierre was so dominant in fact that he not only earned himself a rare 10-8 round, but in fact earned a total of three of them from the judges.
Despite this, reactions from some fans and writers would have you believe that this was a closely contested battle to the finish where the outcome was somehow in doubt until the last second. Hyperbolic headlines declared that Hardy was “victorious” even in defeat. Meanwhile St. Pierre has been criticized for allowing Hardy approximately 15 seconds to enjoy anything that could be described as offence.
The source of this misplaced admiration for Hardy seems to stem from his refusal to submit to two submission attempts by St. Pierre, which admittedly, would have caused most fighters to tap out. While you can credit Hardy for his toughness/foolishness, such credit has to end there as he proved nothing else in the fight. In fact, if submission rules were like striking rules the fight may well have been stopped given the dominance St. Pierre showed, after all, when a person is taking constant barrage of blows without defending himself the fight is stopped to prevent injury. With submissions though the rules allow for a fighter to willingly accept being injured.
After the fight Hardy himself seemed very pleased with his performance and appeared to have bought into the hype that surrounded his loss. In an interview he stated that he did not know the meaning of the word “tap”. After watching the fight it is clear that Hardy also does not know the meaning of these words either:
1. take down defence
The list is quite a bit longer but the point has been made. As one iInternet commenter said, the fight was about as entertaining as it could have been when you have a grown man fighting the equivalent of an enraged toddler. Hardy displayed none of the skills that would place him in the top tier of fighters in his weight class. Yes he was tough but if another fighter came in and simply took 500 punches to the head without going down while never hitting back we would not be complimenting him on toughness. Instead we would be asking why he was placed in the ring in the first place.
Even going into the 4th and 5th rounds when he clearly needed a knock out Hardy showed nothing except the willingness to let St. Pierre put on a clinic of ground control and submission attempts. Admittedly we would have liked to have seen more ground and pound from St. Pierre, but as it was apparent he could pretty much have his way with Hardy he chose to go for the submission. For Hardy’s part he had no answer. To blame a fighter who is trying to finish the fight while praising the one who does nothing seems backward.
Let’s be real. Some fans and commenters alike need to sober up, roll over, pull back the sheets and take a look at Hardy in the harsh light of the morning and realize that he doesn’t look quite as good as he did at the party the night before.