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CP Facepalm of the Day: Dan Hardy Calls Out Matt Hughes

Perhaps you guys remember a time…oh, let’s say around 9 months ago, when former welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy had just dropped his third straight match to Anthony Johnson. In desperate need of a win, Hardy decided that he should call out a fighter by the name of Chris Lytle. You see, Lytle was on the tail end of his career, and plus, Hardy knew that “Lights Out’s” style would play perfectly into his strengths. Hardy claimed however, that he chose Lytle out of the need for “an old school shootout with a guy that wants to throw down.” We saw through the bullshit.

But then, after getting his wish and finding himself on the wrong end of a good old fashioned Lytle ass-whooping, Hardy dove in for a takedown at the end of the third round, and was promptly submitted. He claimed he needed some time off to think about his future, even though he knew it was safe in the UFC.

Well, it seems that Hardy has spent a good deal of time thinking about a solid, game opponent for which he should begin his comeback. A young, feisty up and comer by the name of…Matt Hughes? Hardy told ESPN:

I’ve mentioned Matt Hughes to Lorenzo. He’s been on a rough streak as well recently, he’ll look at me and see I’ve lost four fights and think he can outwrestle me. I also genuinely don’t like him. I need a fight to get up for and I’d take great pleasure in smashing him in the face. I won’t talk about why I don’t like him, it’s some knowledge I have about him away from the sport. Even students around where he lives bet against him. Lorenzo would love to see it; more than anything he just likes a good fight! That’s why I’ve not been cut yet because I come to fight. I think Matt Hughes would be an entertaining fight. 

If anything, this without a doubt proves that Hardy lives up to his nickname, because only a true outlaw would choose to rebuild himself using the fragile, osteoporosis-ridden bones of the elderly.

Now, we here at CP understand that it sometimes takes a couple lower level fights to build a fighter’s confidence back up; it’s part of the game. And we definitely understand that someone could clash heads with Matt Hughes, but you gotta be kidding with this one, Dan. Not only has Hughes been discussing retirement for like 3 years now, but the man is coming off back-to-back knockout losses for Christ’s sake. And don’t give us this “entertaining fight” routine again; what’s next, you want to fight Renzo Gracie to show us how far your ground game has come?

And we’re just going to brush over the fact that Hardy had the balls to mention an opponent to Lorenzo Fertitta, a man whom he should be thanking each time he looks down at his plate and sees that there is still food on it. It would be like if we all quit work today, only to come back a year from now and request a raise along with some stock options.

Perhaps even more ironic is the possibility that if Hardy was somehow given this fight, we could see him being listed as the underdog considering that Hughes presents the exact kind of gameplan that just one fight ago, Hardy was complaining about having to deal with.

Does anyone out there think this is a legitimate, respect based request by Hardy, or are y’all calling shenanigans like us?


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TeilaTuliTooth- December 23, 2011 at 10:46 am
I say give him Che Mills. Much more entertaining fight, and we get to see that mohawk with an idiot attached to it bounce off the canvas again
XENOPHON- December 23, 2011 at 10:24 am
@2DaDeath Says:
Seems appropriate to me. Hughes (#27) is actually ranked much higher than Hardy (#42) according to Fight Matrix. This needs to be addressed, for sure.
Yes, that is the very point I was making. Whats the real problem with Hardy, calling out Hughes???
Hughes record is 45-9.
Hardy's record is 23-10.
Another words, Hughes is expected to prevail in 5 fights before a loss. Hardy, is a expected to prevail in only 2.3 fights before a loss.
Their own records speaks volumes, as Hughes should be able to defeat Hardy, but most importantly - as our man 2DaDeath pointed out, Hughes ranks roughly 15 levels higher in performance.
The UFC is only really about popular fights. Its there bread and butter as a for profit business. The shame is , ask nearly anyone at the bar watching a UFC fight, "...which fighter is better ranked?" and all the million of fans you speak of can't tell you.
Ask them the same question about the NFL, MLB, or NBA...and they know.
XENOPHON- December 23, 2011 at 10:01 am
Quote: "I won’t talk about why I don’t like him, it’s some knowledge I have about him away from the sport."
Pathetic reason for a fight to take place, or to even speak it public. Don't these ZUFFA guys ever make a fight, based on rankings????
macreadysshack- December 23, 2011 at 9:14 am
@ArmFarmer I'm glad you said it. I had forgotten his name by the time I got down here.
ArmFarmer- December 23, 2011 at 6:22 am
The hell are you talking about? Everybody ripped on Bader when he called out Ortiz. I'm sure if you dig up related articles, you'll find the same type of comments.
Pen Fifteen- December 23, 2011 at 5:55 am
All the Hardy apologists are failing to note what several people have already pointed out: when you are a on a four-fight skid, you shouldn't be calling out anyone.
SnackDaddy- December 23, 2011 at 3:03 am
Mick Kicks, Hardy does not train at Wolf's Lair. He trains at Roy Nelson's Mama's Basement. Hence the slump in performance. I was a Hardy fan too. I'd still like to see him fight, if only for his entrance, and announcement antics. He seems like a good kid going through a rough patch. But that's his own undoing. I don't think he put in the kind of dedicated work to develop his game after the GSP fight as he should have. If he wants to return to his winning ways, he needs to join a leading gym. He also needs to find a mentor or two. People underestimate the importance of these but that's a huge contribution of these these big MMA gyms provide. Maybe GSP can take him under his wings as he's always shown a soft spot for Hardy since their fight.
gruge- December 23, 2011 at 2:05 am
Ok yea, Im a Hardy fan, but I realy dont see the issue here.

If you honestly believe that Hardy is going to "rebuild himself using the fragile, osteoporosis-ridden bones of the elderly." then what the fuck is Hughes still doing in the organisation at all? He's either fit to fight in the UFC, or hes not. Now, im not pretending that Hughes still has much or a career ahead of him, but then again, for different reasons it doesn’t look like Hardy may have either.

Coming off 4 losses, any fight is going to be tough, and there is no guarantee of an outcome. We all know that Hardy has issues with his ground game, so why would he call out a competent wrestler if he was looking for an easy fight?. This is still a dangerous fight for Hardy, and he still needs to evolve or he could just loose his 5th in a row by having a stronger guy take him to the ground and not letting him stand up.
RearNakedSpoon- December 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm
Hardy vs MacDonald. Go!
Mick Kicks- December 22, 2011 at 11:36 pm
I do not want to shame Great Britain in this statement. They have
some very talented, skilled and professional MMA warriors.

Sadly Dan Hardy har har and his wolf lair cuddle boy Michael
the no count Bisping are two that are simply low life's. They
share similar attitudes and personalities and both are un-cooth.
Bisping cheats in most of his bouts. I'm not talking about a fence grab and maybe a glove or the waistband of the trunks. I am talking about blatant fouls, violations and gouges, illegal knees, head butts etc.

The UFC has handled Bisping like a poster boy because he fills the need at present time for an "Ambassador" if you will that can help maintain and maybe further the market in Great Britain.

Bisping and Hardy are neither potential Champions, respected warriors or ethical professionals. Except for those things
they are both jolly good chaps they are -----
SnackDaddy- December 22, 2011 at 11:23 pm
So.... Hardy wants to fight another wrestler? One who's looking for a last win before he retires too? Yeah, he's officially lost it.
McLuvin- December 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm
Hardy would have a brief opportunity at the beginning of each round. We all know Hughes can't take a serious punch anymore. His chin is not what it once was. If Hughes gets ahold of him it's over.
pinkyslayer- December 22, 2011 at 8:49 pm
irishwolf, Bader called out Ortiz bc he wanted to avenge his loss to him. Hardy is doing it for i haveno idea why. Sure, hughes got fucked up by penn and koscheck, but those guys are at the top of the division. What im saying is hughes would annihilate Hardy.
macreadysshack- December 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm
Oh, I don't know. Maybe I'm just bucking the populist view here but, I think this fight is competitive. I say all competitive opponents are on the table for a call out, osteoarthritis notwithstanding.
Liverpunch- December 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm
What's worse than Hardy's double leg? Mayhem's stand up. Where's my t-shirt?
Well, I liked the first half of the article, but then you decided to count out Hughes. He's old, his stand up is meh, but if you think that this match up is heavily favoring Hardy, I think you're wrong. Maybe Matt can't take on the top tier anymore, but Hardy isn't top tier. Not an absolute win for Hughes, but definitely don't count him out.
2DaDeath- December 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm
Seems appropriate to me. Hughes (#27) is actually ranked much higher than Hardy (#42) according to Fight Matrix. This needs to be addressed, for sure.
newdeal- December 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm
I would rather see Daley fight than Hardy
skeletor- December 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm
Hardy’s last-second “double leg” was horribly TELEGRAPHED and some of the worst technique I’ve seen.
You spelled British wrong.
Hardy was always over rated and now that Bisping is on the rise again they will have absolutely no reason to keep him after his next loss. On his way to the title he fought no one of relevance and has since been made to look like shit against anyone with a good skill set.
Hughes will grind out a decision or possibly submit Hardy. Then retire on a win just like Lytle, then the UFC will send him packing back to BAMMA to get beat up by Paul Daily and Marquart.
Irishwolfhound491- December 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm
Why the hate? Bader did the same shit to Tito and no one got all pissy. If anything at least Hardy is, as Danga says, picking somebody out who stands a fair chance of beating him where as nobody thought Ortiz had a prayer. I don't like Hughes, Tito, Bader, or Hardy so maybe my mutual hatred of all parties involved gives me an unbiased, scathing glare at things but I can't spot much of a difference.
TeilaTuliTooth- December 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm
After this act of desperation I desperately want to see this happen.
I would gladly cheer through a long 3-round wrestlefuck just to the get some glimpses every now and then of the look on that mohawked idiot's face as he suffers through witnessing his career in the UFC come to an end.
Oy! Oy!
brashleyholland- December 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm
He's looking for a comeback fight against a 'name' fighter that he thinks he can beat. What's the problem with that?
El Guapo- December 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm
Funniest part is Country Breakfast has a good chance of winning IMO. At which point The Outlaw's gonna call out Royce.
SocraticMethod- December 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm
The funniest part of this is that Hughes would throw Hardy on his head, beat the shit out of him and finish him. Then Hughes would get up and ask Dana who the guy with the weird hair was.
Goat- December 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm
Conspiracy Alert - I think Hardy threw the fight against Lytle. Seriously. It was a PR dream for Lytle to retire off of a win, and for him to do it as perfectly as he did. I bet Lorenzo told Hardy to stand-up with Lytle and keep it interesting, then in the third, to give himself up. Hardy's last-second "double leg" was horribly telegraphed and some of the worst technique I've seen. He left his neck WAY out, and of course Lytle is going to grab for a guillotine - every MMA fight in the biz grabs for a guillotine if someone shoots so poorly on them. Lytle gets the tap - they both get a FOTN bonus - and Hardy keeps his job after several losses...SOUNDS FISHY to me....
The12ozCurls- December 22, 2011 at 3:44 pm
I only want to see this fight if Hardy wears the goofy red contact lenses to the weight-in. If Hardy's ego could fight for him, he would be undefeated.