Round 1 - Marc Goddard gives instructions, and we'll see how Hardy can do in front of him hometown fans. He got a massive ovation back here in Nottingham for the first time in the UFC. Sadollah takes the middle and feints some jabs. He fires an inside leg kick, then a combo that Hardy covers up for. Outside leg kick for Sadollah is met by Hardy's first real offense. Hardy works some jabs in. High kick from Sadollah is blocked, and he comes back with a teep to the body. The crowd starts up a soccer-style chant that includes foot stomps as the two fighters trade. Hardy tries to come over the top with a right. Sadollah continues working kicks to the outside to keep that distance. Sadollah backs Hardy up with some jabs, then tries to get inside and he ties Hardy up on the fence. He's looking for a trip takedown, but Hardy defends, then reverses and pushes Sadollah's back to the cage. He tries to come over the top with an elbow. AFter they break, Hardy lands some big punches, but Sadollah slows him with one of his own, and they tie up again. Hardy works for a takedown as the round ends. It's very close. MMAjunkie.com sides with Sadollah in a very close frame, 10-9.
Round 2 - Hardy lands a couple slapping kicks and a few punches that get the crowd riled up. Sadollah continues to work kicks to keep some distance. But both fighters land nicely inside. Hardy just misses with a right, then connects. He covers up well for Sadollah's answer. Sadollah blocks a high kick, then Hardy rushes in, gets a double around Sadollah's waist and picks him up for a gentle takedown. No major damage, but it scores points. Sadollah is back up in short order and ties Hardy up. Hardy smiles through a Hardy combo after they break. Hardy looking to get something going, but Sadollah answers back But then Hardy again shoots in and gets a double-leg and into Sadollah's guard. Hardy comes over the top with a couple punches. Sadollah is looking to bring his legs up for a triangle or an armbar, but Hardy slips it and tries to bomb down from up top. He'll land a few as the horn sounds. It's a 10-9 frame for Hardy on the MMAjunkie.com card.
Round 3 - Big chant for Hardy early. Sadollah just misses a front kick to the face. Hardy again looks for a takedown, but this time it's not there. They tie up with Sadollah's back on the fence and look for knees and dirty boxing in the clinch. Sadollah reverses position and looks for the takedown, but it's not there. They break. Sadollah lands a couple, and then ducks under a Hardy Superman punch. Sadollah's face is plenty marked up. He's got blood around his right eye. Hardy drops him with a right, though Sadollah may have slipped just a little. Hardy moves in and as Sadollah is getting up, he powers him back to the canvas. He's looking for elbows, and Sadollah will try to work from his back and perhaps look for a triangle. Hardy drops a few elbows in. Then a left hand is on the money. The elbows continue. Sadollah's defense, of course, is a triangle or an armbar. But he can't find it yet, and Hardy continues to score points with the elbows. With 45 seconds left, the crowd starts stomping and chanting Hardy's name. Sadollah is working to get out of there and finally gets back up at 25 seconds a bloody mess. Hardy comes over the top and lands a big right and an elbow, and that should be the finishing touches. MMAjunkie.com has the last for Hardy 10-9 and the fight for him 29-28. Dan Hardy def. Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)