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Dan Hardy: ‘Condit is Foolish for Calling Me Out’


(Video courtesy BJPenn.com)

BJPenn.com caught up with Dan Hardy recently to talk about his upcoming October 16 showdown with former WEC welterweight champ Carlos Condit and to get his thoughts on his Team Jackson-trained opponent.

"I think he’s a gamer; I think he’s tough. I enjoyed watching his fights in the WEC. Obviously, I’ve been keeping an eye on him since he came to the UFC. Just watching his fights, paying attention, making sure I’m aware of who’s in the division. He’s had a couple of tough fights but you know, he’s shown a lot of heart. I think he’s a good opponent. He comes to finish and that’s what I want. He’s not gonna be the kind of guy that’s gonna try and grind out a decision; he wants to either get a submission or a stoppage. Perfect  opponent for me because we can have a tear-up and entertain the fans."


Although he was complimentary of Condit’s accomplishments and skills (while throwing in a veiled dig at GSP), Hardy seems a bit pissed off that "The Natural Born Killer" asked UFC matchmaker Joe Silva if he could face "The Outlaw" in his next fight.

"I’m not surprised that he agreed to fight me; I’m surprised that he asked to fight me. I think that was very foolish of him. He had a tough debut in the UFC against Martin Kampmann. Kampmann’s a tough guy and that was a close decision. I was impressed with both guys in that fight. Then he’s had two performances [against] Jake Ellenberger whose a strong wrestler and then Rory MacDonald. He’s not looked particularly dangerous in either of those fights. I just think it’s a foolish thing for him to do to call me out. He’s obviously determined to get to a title shot and he thinks that I’m the right person to go through to get there so it’s going to be an interesting one for him."

I wonder if Condit knew he would be giving up home field advantage when he asked for the fight. From what I’ve heard, British fans can be brutal, especially if you’re a hat wearer.


(Video courtesy YouTube/Lookoutawhale)

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Shaky- July 26, 2010 at 7:58 am
Your welcome buddy, unfortunately there is no real slang term to refer to midlanders.
JoseMonkey- July 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm
@Shaky Thanks for clarifying that. I knew Hardy wasn't cockney, but I had trouble placing his accent.
Shaky- July 22, 2010 at 6:43 am
Cockney? Really? When trying to successfully stereotype, do your research. Hardy is from Nottingham in the Midlands, Cockneys are from East London (yeh not even all of London). The accent is the most telling and Hardy's is East Midlands through and through. I know it may be weird for you guys to understand such a wide variation in accents and dialects across such relatively small distances as in the UK, but that's just something you get from 1000's of years of history.
In fact if I had a travel agent based in the US (surely a failed business right there) selling flights to Europe my slogan would be:
History, we've got it!
DazedNConfused- July 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm
Dan Hardy's such a fuckin' loser.

Conduit was foolish? yah right. More like intelligent to pick an over-rated fighter who, at the moment, still has a recognizable name because of the asskicking he recieved from my homeboy GSP. GSP felt so bad for this cocksucker he didn't even go ahead and break Hardy's arm.

Conduit is a better fighter than Hardy and has shown this with much more exciting and higher skilled fights. Conduit is a tough vet who will either finish Hardy or dominate a decision.
Clyde- July 21, 2010 at 2:28 pm
OK, that makes sense. I'll just take care to keep that quiet if I'm ever talking to Frank Shamrock.
Almost North- July 21, 2010 at 1:48 pm
No no you see EVERYTHING is about BJ. He is the home of MMA, the sport wouldn't even exist without his awesomeness.
Clyde- July 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm
I'm just curious as to whether or not BJ Penn features on BJPenn.com at all. Everything I see from there is about someone else.

Kondit Vs. Hardy should be good though. I may pop down and procure me some free headgear. I say free, but factor in the cost of the tickets and a hat may actually cost me over £100. Maybe people just feel the need to justify the price of admission and simply equate it to stealing towels from a hotel.
Almost North- July 21, 2010 at 1:14 pm
So if you fight GSP are you given VIP membership to BJPenn.com?
ccman- July 21, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Imagine tooney with a cockney accent........ dan hardy in 2 years
k-onda- July 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm
Hair? Whatever, I'm working on which is more annoying to listen to, Cockney Gibberish, or French Mumbojumbo.
Patrick- July 21, 2010 at 11:45 am
War. Hardy.
MoTropolis- July 21, 2010 at 11:42 am
Its funny how a mohawk with hair gel can look somewhat menacing, while without the hair gel it just looks like the back end of a bunny rabbit.
FreddyFangers- July 21, 2010 at 11:31 am
The new SPEED ad has really made the site move quickly. NOT!
Ballkick- July 21, 2010 at 11:28 am
Could I add someone to the stupidest hair competition?
Now that Yeger is gone,.....my vote is Kosh Jokecheck.
ccman- July 21, 2010 at 10:56 am
How to beat Hardy
1. put him on his back.
2. ignore the stench
3. keep him on his back.

Mike Russell has hair? google search for him only shows Gus Johnson.... scary.
glassjawsh- July 21, 2010 at 10:14 am
stupider hair, dan hardy or mike russell? discuss
BlueNose1690- July 21, 2010 at 9:58 am
Nationalists. Get a grip.
RearNakedPoke- July 21, 2010 at 9:53 am
his "mum" didnt make him brush them....
MMA Mafia- July 21, 2010 at 9:41 am
Why are Hardy's teeth so fucked up.....oh, that's right. Ok nevermind then.
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