Brad Tavares is a Middleweight.
I keep forgetting Phil Baroni's run in the UFC was at MW and not WW.
Forrest Petz and Pat Healy were not UFC fights, infact Pat Healy was Hardys 4th fight ever and took place 8 years ago, i guess you know this but i question why it's relevent?
Because he's both won and lost to fringe UFC caliber fighters which are what Petz, Healy, Yoshida, (and Sadollah, Gono, and Davis).
By no means do I disparage the fighter, I enjoy Dan Hardy's fights and I feel like he has a place in the UFC. Personally I feel like the UFC Welterweight division should be treated like almost separate company and carry 75-100 guys as I feel like the weight class is absurdly deep.
The problem with him as I'm not 100% sure he's one of the 50 best WW's in the world and that his talent seems to be prelim card level not main card level.