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Old 02-29-2012, 11:04 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The old Cage Warriors spirit is back - Hardy

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Dan Hardy believes that, for the first time in two years, he is finally in the correct place mentally to return to the type of form that once saw him fly through the UFC's welterweight ranks.

Hardy has verbally agreed to fight Duane Ludwig at UFC 146, knowing he will step into the Octagon facing the inescapable fact that he has lost his past four fights.

However, prior to that run Hardy had won seven on the spin. Victories over the wily Akihiro Gono and the technically excellent Mike Swick, in addition to other wins over Marcus Davis and Rory Markham, rocketed the Brit to a title shot - where even the great Georges St-Pierre could not finish him.

Since then personal issues, overtraining and a severe drop in confidence have all dented Hardy's career. However, he has now moved his training base to the US, where he is committing himself to training with the world's top names, and the Outlaw is convinced he has not felt so good in a very long time.

"I've got the anger back that I used to have when I was at Cage Warriors, which is a good place to be because that's when I enjoyed hurting people," Hardy said in a recent interview with ESPN.

"I spent my whole career trying to get to the UFC, but then a lot of changes in my life, personal things and the media attention - it distracted me from being a mixed martial artist.

"I've never put the time aside to get back to that place. I've made alterations, but I've never completely changed my training camp. After the losses to GSP and [Carlos] Condit, I was too eager to get back in there and get a win.

"I over-trained big time, the last two fights don't even look like me. I can see it in the expression in my face, the [Anthony] Johnson fight and [Chris] Lytle fight, I was exhausted before I even stepped in the cage. I was not in a good situation, I was ready to fight Lytle three weeks too early - I was exhausted.

"Now I've got a system where the coaches take all responsibility away from me, all I have to do is show up to the gym."
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I always liked Hardy, I hope his new coaches are good so he can make a comeback. Hardy's the kind of guy that would make a good champ, heart on his sleeve goes out on his shield.
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Funny enough he said too much, it is the same sort of stuff we hear from fighters all the time. Hell according to Rampage going into Japan he was the most in shape he has ever been and WILL get a KO in Japan.

In other words, he could have sent chills down my spine by saying 'I'll let my fists do the talking' instead of making the excuses/reasons why his last performances didn't lead to wins.
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I'll believe it when I see it.

Win or go home, better hope you have that fighter spirit.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I like Hardy, but you can't blame every loss on a bad place mentally. There was no strong mental fortitude that would have prevented Condit from knocking him out in that split second between when Hardy threw his punch and when Condit threw his. I'm glad he feels good, but I never like it when fighters come out with statements like, "okay, NOOOOOW I'm ready..."
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I like Hardy, but you can't blame every loss on a bad place mentally. There was no strong mental fortitude that would have prevented Condit from knocking him out in that split second between when Hardy threw his punch and when Condit threw his. I'm glad he feels good, but I never like it when fighters come out with statements like, "okay, NOOOOOW I'm ready..."
Exactly. After 4 months ...

"I never felt good for my last five fights. It wasn't me. I've now switched to wearing pink on fridays now and made drastic changes to my diet in cutting out peanut M&Ms and replacing them with milk duds. Watch out, the outlaw iza back on da road to outlawish outlawism!!"

Then again, what else can a guy say that fought for the title not to long ago and hasn't won a fight in years since.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:49 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The people who would believe this are the same people who think Brnadon Vera would be a contender if his mind was 'in the right place'.

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Confidence is a big thing in any sport. It is good that Hardy has recognised this and made all the changes needed for him to be in the correct mental place to become the 2nd best WW in the world again.

We've all seen how important the mental aspect is, with fighters like Vera who lose it psychologically when they have the potential to be the best fighter in the world at their weight class.
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Hardy has plenty of mental fortitude, it takes tons of mental toughness to scream in pain to a sub, but refuse to tap, and have the wherewithal to escape.

It doesn't matter how tough his mind is, his chin wasn't as strong as Condit's fist. And the last minute sub to Lytle is just a shitty turn of events.

He looked bad against Johnson, just bad. Against GSP, did anyone really give him much of a shot against the grind master?

He's a good fighter but even if he can string a few wins together, I don't see him getting another shot. I would like to see him in the UFC, I'd hate to see someone like Hardy end up in Strikeforce, Bellator or god forbid Bamma.
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Confidence is a big thing in any sport. It is good that Hardy has recognised this and made all the changes needed for him to be in the correct mental place to become the 2nd best WW in the world again.

We've all seen how important the mental aspect is, with fighters like Vera who lose it psychologically when they have the potential to be the best fighter in the world at their weight class.
Kudos to DH for training in the US with (hopefully for him) some decent wrestlers, and for (allegedly) getting his $hit together mentally.

But here's the thing, and (IMO) there's really no getting around it: Dan Hardy just doesn't seem to be that good.
I suspect we've seen his ceiling.

I hope I'm wrong, 'cuz he's energetic and bombastic, but if he can't beat Ludwig, then he belongs in a lesser org until/unless he improves.

Best of luck, Dan!

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