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Marcus Davis and Dan Hardy Would Like to Know, You Into This Rivalry Yet?

Far be it from us to suggest that the animosity between Dan Hardy and Marcus Davis is anything but 100% genuine – just listen to Davis digging deep into the lessons of his childhood to assert that he really does hate Hardy – but does anyone else feel like we’re really getting the old hard sell on this one?  This nearly ten-minute video from the UFC details the history and relevant talking points of the rivalry between the two, and while it’s fun to hear two men who are actually going to fight talk about the intensity of their dislike for one another, it’s getting to be a pretty familiar story.

Here we have two guys, both outside of the top ten in their division, in a bout with no immediate title ramifications.  You take away the animosity, which began via a calculated effort on Hardy’s part, and what have you got?

It’s a smart move on Hardy’s part to talk his way into a fight with potential to move him up the welterweight ladder (assuming he wins) instead of waiting around for the UFC to give him one of the division’s many suffocating wrestlers.  But how often are fans going to be won over by the pro wrestling-esque personal rivalry angle, and what are the chances this one concludes with one or both of these guys admitting that it was all just to hype the fight?

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Perma- June 10, 2009 at 2:55 am
Davis going to stomp a muddle in this british fag.

Hardy is not even a top 25 WW, Davis is borderine top 10.

Who gives a fck if Davis wears a klit, if he has irish background all the power to him, no one ever said shit when roddy piper wore one and played bagpipes yet he was from portland oregon.

Rawr Davis and fck all the haters and british pussies.
Komodo- June 9, 2009 at 7:06 pm
Davis FTW.
Dubbayoo- June 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm
Bens, I can see how you may feel a little suspicious about the "bad blood." Maybe it's just a coincidence that the UFC is putting out a 10 minute hype clip w/ an "American vs. Brit" angle right before the climax of TUF's "American vs. Britain" season. Or maybe it feels lazy to us because we're already familiar with some real grudge matches, but perhaps exciting enough to the untapped British MMA market to tune in and know what the abbreviations "UFC" and "MMA" are. Nahhh. I agree w/ you guys, these two guys fuckin' hate each other!!
netterbog- June 9, 2009 at 2:22 pm
BJ Penn has already admitted that he hyped a fight just for the sake of hyping it. (Insert link to CP's stories about Sherk training with Penn after their fight, and BJ admitting he didn't believe all the steroids stuff he was saying pre-fight.)
Clue-by-Four- June 9, 2009 at 1:22 pm
"Whether they're from Ireland, from England or they're from the United States. Wherever they are, they're going to be cheering for me just because he's a douchebag."

That pretty much says it all. He's going to feed that limey ponce his own teeth.
Aenarion- June 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm
I'm all for Hardy on this one. As long as they legitimately try to kill each other a la Penn/St. Pierre, I'll let the UFC sell me all the bad blood it wants to. As long as it's genuine. Always great to see two people who hate each other fight.
hooligun- June 9, 2009 at 1:07 pm
word! judo
Judo Im Right- June 9, 2009 at 12:52 pm
why do i keep finding myself siding with these brits?

I mean seriously Marcus, you were born in Maine and grew up in the Northeast your entire life. You have no business wearing a costume style kilt anywhere in Europe.
NECROPHYTE- June 9, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Did you guys see the Marcus Davis photo shop pics? It shows Marcus Davis in a few homo-erotic poses n shit. No wonder why he's mad, his kids think he's a fruit fly.
vyapaar- June 9, 2009 at 11:57 am
All this is nothing but hype. This is the first ppv in Germany with a rather weak card compared to some other ones and they wanna make sure they can sell as many ppv and tickets as possible to make this a success. That is my view.
CLOZER- June 9, 2009 at 11:45 am
I hope that Hardy puts a smashing on Davis. I am praying that this is true bad blood and they both swing for the fences in a war regardless.
Harry Russo- June 9, 2009 at 11:43 am
Hardy is a Brit not Irish.
One Two- June 9, 2009 at 11:40 am
UFC could hype up two tirds fighting, their damn good at it. i thought this was just hardy beating up some TUF washout but now i'm half excited to see it.
Savage- June 9, 2009 at 11:39 am
watever, who realy care what Davis really is! Hardy just called him out on not being "real" Irish to get more hype on the fight and get his name out there more. this is how fighters sell fights so i dont really care what they have to say to each other before the fight bcuz i bet after the fight they are both going to shake hands like these fighters that so called "hate each other" always do. i hope Davis wins tho but i wouldnt be upset to see him lose, i just wana see a good slug fest. i got my money on Davis
manutdfan- June 9, 2009 at 11:19 am
From Hardy's perspective, I couldn't tell you. But I know Marcus, and his end is 100% real.
hooligun- June 9, 2009 at 11:19 am
It's easy to hate on an asshole who claims to be something he's not. Marcus Davis is American and he should deal with it. Claiming to be Irish or even Irish-American is fucking weak. African-American, Italian-American, Japanese-American......ffs you bunch of cunts! You are all American. No-one gives a fuck where your fucking grandparents came from.

War Hardy!!!

p.s. anyone see ghengiscons vid on Hardy, Semtex and Lightning? Awesome!
AntonG420- June 9, 2009 at 11:19 am
I can see where Hardy is coming from, he wants to represent Ireland and hes been living there. He is gonna play the entrance music and dress that way and have the fans back him up. So he is calling out Davis because Davis is trying to get a piece of that market as well but never lived in Ireland and has no other ties. Other than that I guess there is just the usual pre-fight animosity some guys need to train hard.
Pingu- June 9, 2009 at 11:17 am
I'm all about Davis getting KTFO'd. Dude's not even Irish!
Nut Puncher 9000- June 9, 2009 at 11:01 am
From a striking perspective this fight could get interesting...
hows taste my pee pee- June 9, 2009 at 10:58 am
Davis by lopsided decision...Hardy is overrated.
CJvsCP- June 9, 2009 at 10:57 am
I really don't like either of them, I hope they double KO each other with the first punch!