Carlos Condit has 'guaranteed to dominate' Dan Hardy at UFC 120, insisting he will make the Briton feel 'uncomfortable' on home turf.
Speaking in an interview with ESPN, Condit showed plenty of respect for Hardy, explaining that The Outlaw's ability was what initially attracted him to the fight. The American acknowledges that his opponent has 'good jiu-jitsu', but he expects to control the fight wherever it goes at London's O2 Arena.
Condit has won his last two fights, against Jake Ellenberger and Rory MacDonald, and he is desperate to earn a crack at the UFC welterweight belt. Hardy is the next step on that path, and the former WEC welterweight champion is confident.
"I guarantee I'll dominate it," Condit told ESPN. "I'm definitely not saying he's not well-rounded; from what I've seen he's got pretty good jiu-jitsu.
"But I'm better on the ground, and we'll find out who's better on the feet. I try to inflict as much damage as possible, at all costs. My job is to make him feel uncomfortable, make him panic, no matter what. I'll be pressing him, whether I'm on my feet or whether he's on his back."
Condit is trained by Greg Jackson, the same coach that drew out the gameplan for Georges St-Pierre to stifle Hardy at UFC 111. Asked if he would follow the blueprint by taking Hardy to the mat at UFC 120, Condit would not rule out the possibility.
"I'm not going to give away too much of my gameplan but I definitely feel I have an advantage on the ground. That won't surprise anybody for me to say that. But we'll see where it goes."