Originally Posted by TheLyotoLegion
I wouldn't say Hardy isn't in Condit's league, they're both top ten guys and both guys are entertaining, but you are right about the Mir/Brock comparison, Hardy sounds really irked about that, but that's his fault for doubting a very good fighter in Condit.
Sorry friend, but there's no way Hardy is realistically in the top ten. I'm not really sure where Hardy's "amazing striking" comes from. Who was the last guy Hardy knocked out? Rory Markham? The only guy he's ever knocked out in the UFC? Rory was also knocked silly by Nate "I punch like a 6-year old" Diaz. Not saying Diaz is a bad fighter, but it's no secret he's not exactly a hard hitter. He tagged a physically ill and drained Mike Swick maybe twice. He got a gift decision against Marcus Davis in my opinion, and barely got by Akihiro Gono.
Hardy may be tough, but his biggest skill is his mouth. That's the skill that earned him a title shot.