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Booking Roundup: ‘Dan Hardy’s Comeback’ Edition

(We know Dan, he watches over us all.) 

It looks like Dan Hardy won’t be getting that fight against Matt Hughes he was angling for. And thank God, because we hear Hughes’ country breakfasts consist of Ovaltine and Total these days (we kind, we kid; they consist of grilled bobcat).  

After going 0-4 through 2010 and 2011, Hardy has been matched up with a perfect opponent to kickstart 2012, when he takes on UFC veteran Duane “Bang” Ludwig at UFC 146. Hardy, who has not fought since falling to a third round guillotine choke in Chris Lytle’s retirement bout in August of 2011, took some time off to refocus, train, and get pestered by drunken fans. Ludwig also saw his last fight end by way of guillotine, only he chose to adhere to the “tapping is for bitches” rule when he was choked out by Josh Neer at UFC on FX. The loss snapped a two fight win streak for Ludwig, his first since 2008, which included wins over Nick Osipczak and Amir Sadollah.

Although this wasn’t the match Hardy wanted, you gotta imagine he’ll be stoked knowing he’s taking on a fellow slugger with a limited ground game. But it will be interesting to see if Hardy follows a more subdued gameplan here. Like we said, the man’s dropped 4 straight, and another loss could mean his Zuffa career. Then again, the only reason that he is still in the UFC is thanks to his consistently exciting performances, so a snoozer against Ludwig seems unlikely. Let’s just sit back and enjoy what is sure to be a war, ladies and gentlemen.

In other UFC 146 news…

Undefeated since dropping to lightweight, Minnesota native and potential stand up comedian Jacob Volkmann has been booked to take on undefeated triangle specialist Paul Sass at the same event. Volkmann has scored 5 straight dating back to his UFN 21 lightweight debut victory over Ronys Torres, all of which have come by form of decision. Though his politically outspoken personality and smothering wrestling game haven’t earned him a ton of fans, there is little denying the man’s strength and grappling prowess, which has earned him victories over Paul Kelly, Antonio McKee, and Efrain Escudero among others.

Collecting an incredible eight wins by way of triangle in just twelve contests, Paul Sass opted for his other bread-and-butter submission when he took out TUF 12 veteran Michael Johnson with a heel hook in the first round of their scrap at UFC Live 6. The victory was his second in the octagon, and his third to come by way of heel-hook (insert Rousimar Palhares reference here). Of Volkmann’s two losses, one has come by way of submission, so this fight will be a great litmus test for both parties involved.

Who you jabronis got for these?

-J. Jones

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Clyde- February 23, 2012 at 5:14 am
Hardy will make a fight of it but I don't think he's a better striker than Ludwig and the wrestlefuck plan probably won't pan out too well either.
gruge- February 23, 2012 at 5:09 am
I gota say that I think people county Hardy out far too quickly. Yes I am a Hardy fan, I admit that, but lets look at who he lost too. He went 5 rounds with GSP, granted, going 5 rounds with GSP seems to be the "done" thing now, but the point is his first loss of this streak came to the champ. He got knocked out my Carlos, who is the current interrim champ. Anthony Johnson, a man who should be fighting at LHW came and layed ontop of him for 15 mins. Yea I know he kicked him in the head ect, but Hardy was fine. IMO (very bias opinion im sure), the only loss he has that he should feel bad about it against Lytle. He got desperate and made a mistake. But other than that, you got to give it to the guy, loosing to two champions and a guy who should be fighting 2 weight classes above is nothing to be ashamed of.
intercept440- February 22, 2012 at 9:15 pm
i feel a good old fashioned firing coming about a day after ludvig punches a hole through his face
SnackDaddy- February 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm
If Hardy's still training in Roy Nelson's moma'a basement, I give him zero chance of defeating anyone. Kid needs to get his act together.
skeletor- February 22, 2012 at 4:27 pm
(we kind, we kid; they consist of grilled bobcat). Read this and knew who wrote the article and quit reading. Go kill yourself Danga, Eventually you're gonna have to change your name again.
Jackbequick- February 22, 2012 at 2:42 pm
I envision the fight going something like this: Hardy comes out to "Blaze of Glory" by Bon Jovi, does his stupid lip-sync while Bruce Buffer announces him, then runs right into Bang's right hand, putting him into dream-land in exactly 3.5 seconds. However, the time clock jack-arse makes a mistake, and they record the KO for 14 seconds.... Wait a minute, I think I'm having deja vu.....
J. Jones- February 22, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Wouldn't it be hilarious if Hardy told the media he was going to stand and trade with Ludwig then wrestlefucked him for three rounds? [edit] Beat me to it, Clam.
Kid Clam Curtains- February 22, 2012 at 2:32 pm
I'm going to lol if Ludwig KO's Hardy. Its certainly possible. Maybe Dan will try out some of his new wrestling chops on bang. And I hope Sass chokes Christmas till he shits himself.
Jackbequick- February 22, 2012 at 2:05 pm
Is that drunk dude "YTS" going to corner Hardy? If so I'd like to see Ludwig knock his head off as well. The "Outlaw" is going to be run out of town. Volkmann will likely win a decision and then announce that he's running for president.
El Guapo- February 22, 2012 at 1:52 pm
Hey, look at that(picture), what's his face actually trading punches with a fighter. THOSE were the days..
Palmtreeguy- February 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm
Dammit. I feel inclined to pick Hardy to win. Can't help it. Of course Paul Sass will give Volkmann one more reason to change his day job.