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Old 03-27-2011, 05:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC boss says Dan Hardy's fate not sealed with third-straight defeat

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SEATTLE – In the hyper-competitive world of the UFC, two-straight defeats almost always leads to a release from the promotion.

Three-straight defeats? Don't call us, we'll call you.

At Saturday night's UFC Fight Night 24 event in Seattle, British slugger Dan Hardy (23-9 MMA, 4-3 UFC) dropped his third-consecutive fight when he was toppled by fellow striking specialist Anthony Johnson. However, UFC president Dana White said "The Outlaw" won't necessarily be flying home with a pink slip.

"Not necessarily," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We'll have to wait and see. I [expletive] love that kid."

Hardy debuted in the UFC on October 2008 and quickly racked up wins over Akihiro Gono, Rory Markham, Marcus Davis and Mike Swick. That lead to a March 2010 title shot with Georges St-Pierre. The Brit fought valiantly for five rounds but lost a unanimous decision.

This past October, Hardy faced former WEC champion Carlos Condit. Hardy, who readily admits he entered the cage with little regard for Condit, suffered a knockout loss when near simultaneous hooks were thrown, but "The Natural Born Killer's" reached Hardy's chin a fraction of a second sooner than the reciprocal shot.

At UFC Fight Night 24, Hardy expected to stand and bang with Johnson. While "Rumble" did trade in the opening frame, he quickly switched to a wrestling base and controlled the fight on the floor en route to a unanimous-decision win.

Hardy did not attend the evening's post-fight press conference, but he did post on his Twitter account that he was, "Disappointed and angry but physically OK."

Hardy remains a highly marketable commodity in his native England, and the Seattle crowd loudly cheered the Brit during pre-fight introductions. In fact, public sentiment seemed to shift further in his direction as the fight wore on based on Johnson's style.

An outright release of Hardy seems highly unlikely, so could the slugger find himself as the first fighter assigned from the UFC to its newest sister promotion, Strikeforce?

After all, following this month's UFC buyout of Strikeforce, White guaranteed Strikeforce fighters would not make their way to the octagon until their contracts expired, but he made no promise about talent flowing the opposite direction.

White declined to comment when asked specifically about the possibility, but said Hardy's supporters can take solace – at least for now.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Guy should be cut. He obviously has too many holes in his games. AJ pretty much dominated him in the fight.
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Guy should be cut. He obviously has too many holes in his games. AJ pretty much dominated him in the fight.
GTfo... just playing but,Hardy is the man, i hated the guy before the gsp fight, after that he was one of my favorites. His only whole is the same whole every fighter who is not a wrestler has. The list includes:Jose aldo,junior,silva,vitor,rampage,the nogs,etc. It sucks when your a striker and your weight division is filled with top level wrestlers.
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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GTfo... just playing but,Hardy is the man, i hated the guy before the gsp fight, after that he was one of my favorites. His only whole is the same whole every fighter who is not a wrestler has. The list includes:Jose aldo,junior,silva,vitor,rampage,the nogs,etc. It sucks when your a striker and your weight division is filled with top level wrestlers.

Junior, Rampage, the Nogs, and Aldo have great take-down defense.
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The thing is the first of these losses was to the current and very dominant champ in a shot he got before he was ready (in my opinion) and you could argue he did well not to be stopped.

His next loss was a bad one and last night he was again outclassed but not stopped.

I don't think 3 straight losses should automatically equal a cut.

From the UFC's point of view it depends on the perceived added value a fighter can add to one of their cards. Hardy is a colourful character with a decent sized fan base and has the potential to be exciting with his fighting style.

Even after 2 straight losses he was able to increase the demand of last nights card in the second to top billed fight and of course he can always be included in a UK event.

The bottom line is the UFC needs to put on a lot of fight nights and not every fighter has to be in the main event or title mix, gate keepers are needed as well as card fillers and as long as Hardy has his style, image and remains entertaining to the fans in both the way he fights and how he conducts himself the UFC will probably keep him on (or at least allow him to finish his current contract)
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GTfo... just playing but,Hardy is the man, i hated the guy before the gsp fight, after that he was one of my favorites. His only whole is the same whole every fighter who is not a wrestler has. The list includes:Jose aldo,junior,silva,vitor,rampage,the nogs,etc. It sucks when your a striker and your weight division is filled with top level wrestlers.
That's hilarious. I was the same. Did NOT like em before, still not really a fan, but he does bring something different to the table. Plays a good villain...

You know Marcus Davies is smiling somewhere...
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Old 03-27-2011, 07:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Im not just saying it because i am english but he shouldnt be cut yet. He went 5 rounds with GSP, got knocked out by Condit, who in my opinion is a top contender, and got decisioned by a big welterweight.

He should have one more chance, against someone you would expect him to finish, and tell him to go out there and show he deserves to be in the UFC.
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He'll probably get another shot.

Lost to the champ.
KO loss to Condit that came down to who landed first.
Wrestle****ed by a guy who should be fighting at 205.
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He's had a rough patch and should be allowed to maintain a mid-level/gatekeeper status. I never thought of him as top tier but he's a good feather in the cap for rising talent and makes for entertaining stand up fights.
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Junior, Rampage, the Nogs, and Aldo have great take-down defense.
Junior will be test by brock soon, if rampage is great explain why evans took him down at will? Explain why lil nog lost to bader and davis. Aldo is an exception to the rule as he has yet to face a great wrestler who relies on his wrestling only. The cali kid is an exception as aldo killed him standing which made his wrestling fade fast.
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