Following a disappointing loss at the hands of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, Dan Hardy has acknowledged that his job with the UFC is on the line.
The Englishman has lost his last three fights in the Octagon and was disappointed that his fight with Johnson didn’t become the classic many fans hoped for—with most of the battle fought on the ground.
However, Hardy has hinted that he doesn’t want the UFC to go easy on him in his next fight, even if a loss results in his departure from the company.
Nottingham-based Hardy even went as far as citing a possible opponent for him: Chris Lytle.
The Outlaw posted a message on Twitter today which simply stated:
“Win in a blaze of glory or go out on my shield. Someone like Mr Lytle...”
Clearly the Englishman wants to go down swinging if his UFC career is to end after his next fight.
In addition, a win over Lytle would instantly redeem Hardy.
He had earlier stated he was disappointed at being involved in a “boring fight,” and would now like the opportunity to fight for his career in the style he has become known for.
A stand-up war between Hardy and Lytle would interest fans and would be a candidate for “Fight of the Night” too.
Hardy is clearly not interested in fighting a lesser opponent either, with Lytle holding 30 professional victories and 18 losses following his defeat to Brian Ebersole at UFC 127.
The American has fought 13 times in the UFC and has won five honours for “Fight of the Night,” along with two “Submission of the Night” awards and one “Knockout of the Night.”
A battle with Lytle would be right up Hardy’s street, but would not be an easy fight. A loss would certainly put Hardy on the chopping block too, with very few fighters remaining with UFC after three straight losses; a fourth would almost certainly end in a release.
Regardless, the Outlaw continues to set his sights high, and is desperate to put on a show for the UFC’s fans—even if it is his last.