"Following Dan Hardy's recent unanimous decision loss to Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson on March 26, 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24 many MMA fans took to the forums to discuss his future as he was three fights without a win, The Outlaw's p45 was around the corner. Despite three consecutive defeats UFC President Dana White declared his undying love for The Outlaw, stating he was going nowhere. In fairness why kick out a fighter who comes into the octagon to give the fans their moneys worth!?
Hardy claims on more or less every occasion he wants a toe to toe battle to the death, awesome, but this is mixed martial arts, not Muay Thai. In order to be one of the greats you need to have more than striking and submissions, you need to be an awesome wrestler too. Dan's got the brawl but he hasn't got the sprawl. If Dan wants to sprawl then he must learn from Chuck Liddel who will go down in MMA history as the finest sprawl and brawler ever to grace the sport. Maybe he could take a leaf out of his sworn enemy's book, Josh Koscheck. Welterweight contender Koscheck is a incredible wrestler but was somewhat lacking in the striking department so in order to get his striking up to scratch he did not focus on his wrestling for one year. Dan has scary striking ability, so why not do a Koscheck and go all out wrestling everybodys ass for a year!?
If you take a quick look at The Outlaws record you will notice he isn't shy of a submission victory or two (or four!), he is also a brown belt in Brazilian jui jitsu under Eddie Bravo. So what's the problem!? Dan Hardy's problem is his wrestling!
The Outlaws weakness has been clear to see in two out of his last three bouts. One was his failed attempt at UFC welterweight king George 'Rush' St Pierre's championship and two being the disappointing defeat to Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson. Both occasions Hardy was put on his back with ease, GSP is in a class of his own in the wrestling fraternity and Johnson is a serious wrestler who has many notable medals to his name including 2004 NJCAA national champion plus he is a two time state champion.
The Outlaw has stated he'd love to face Chris 'Lights Out' Lytle who tweeted a response saying "I think it would be awesome, let's do it!". The saliva that's built up in my mouth is incredible anticipating this match up. Let's hope we can witness this bad ass bar room brawl, although what if Chris decides to take this fight to the floor!? Can Dan match him for skill!?
Past and present champions all have wrestling to their arsenal such as BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar, Matt Hughes, GSP, Rich Franklin, Anderson Silva, Tito Ortiz, Chuck Liddel, Jon Jones, Brock Lesnar and finally Cain Velasquez. So in order for Dan Hardy to reach his dream of becoming a champion he must get his act together as it would be so sad to see him booted out of the globes finest MMA organization, afterall he comes to bring it every single time!"
What are all the peeps view about Dan HArdy and where he should go from here? Is it just wrestling letting him down? Whats his problem?