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Mike Swick Proud Recipient of the Inaugural Dan Hardy ‘Runner-Up’ Trophy

(Like a kid on freaking Christmas. Photo courtesy of Combat Lifestyle’s UFC 105 press conference gallery.)

We can stop lamenting the lack of psychologically screwy antics from Dan Hardy, because "The Outlaw" kicked it up a notch during the UFC 105 press conference in Manchester.  Hardy showed up to present a "Runner-Up" trophy to Mike Swick in advance of their bout on Saturday and Swick, as you can see, was pretty excited about the whole thing.  But just when you think you’ve played a clever little joke on Swick, he turns it around on you:

"I want to thank Dan Hardy for this trophy.  It means a lot.  Coming runner-up in a press conference is pretty cool.  I just want everyone to know that I’m giving this right back to him after the fight.  My corner guys will carry it to the Octagon.  But I’ll keep it for now."

And just like that, the jokester becomes the fool.  If Marcus Davis and his indignant rage demonstrated the exact wrong way to deal with Hardy’s ribbing, Swick’s grinning reversal is probably the perfect blueprint for how to take Hardy’s jokes in stride.  Plus, how sweet is it going to be if Swick manages to knock Hardy out and then present him with that trophy when he comes to?  Answer: extremely sweet.  

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UFC fan- November 12, 2009 at 8:42 pm
Dan hardy is a nobody who has beaten nobodys and middle of the road fighters. I always liked Marcus Davis but he is no big name fighter. Swick is the big time fighter, and Dan has met his match and his cocky ass is going down for a nap. I predict a "swickatine".
Tappings for bitches mohawk boy, be a man and twitch for me.

LargeMidget- November 12, 2009 at 11:26 am
Hardy is the real deal. He's gonna give Swick a run for his money at the very least, but I predict a R2 TKO for Hardy.
LBo- November 12, 2009 at 10:38 am

lol how do you even get that mad about it though.

picturing you at the deli berating somebody like TURKEY IS SUPERIOR TO HAM, I F*CKED YOUR MOM
Mike Milbury- November 12, 2009 at 10:37 am
Imagine if Hardy gave Marcus Davis that trophy.
exes.for.iballs- November 12, 2009 at 10:21 am
Lol. Goog strikes again.
Sakuraba3900- November 12, 2009 at 10:11 am
Im a Mike Swick fan myself and i dont give a damn about that link. Its a page that hasnt been updated. STFU and get off Mike Swicks nuts. I heard that sucking so much cock is bad for your gums Merlin.

El Famous Burrito- November 12, 2009 at 10:07 am
That guy is an idiot. The other guy is going to win. I'll bet anything on him.
Goog- November 12, 2009 at 9:48 am
Marlin is still angry. Typical.
lowercasejace- November 12, 2009 at 9:47 am
What if Hardy wins this fight?
How pissed will Bisping be if he's not the first English fighter to get a title shot in the UFC.
Merlin- November 12, 2009 at 9:42 am
Goog is an IDIOT

That is all.
Peppermint Nightmare- November 12, 2009 at 9:39 am
War Hardy.

That is all.
Goog- November 12, 2009 at 9:37 am
Sean Penn was the runner up in 2001 for his lead role in "I Am Sam", but he didn't get a trophy. Only the actual winners get the trophy. They get nice gift baskets backstage, though. I doubt Mike Swick got a nice gift basket.

And Dan Hardy should be commended for his generosity. His nickname should be changed to "The Generous Outlaw". I hope the Generous Outlaw gives abundantly when handing out left hooks to Swick's ear.

Merlin- November 12, 2009 at 9:36 am
The "CageWiki" needs some serious updating the link they give above to "Mike Swick" is rather insulting & very out dated.
It ends with the "statement": His recent matches have left many fans lukewarm and many critics asking what happened to "Quick" Mike Swick ???

meanfinger- November 12, 2009 at 9:29 am
well at least it adds a little excitement to this card.. i'd only be satisfied if bisping gets the piss knocked outta him again..
lowercasejace- November 12, 2009 at 9:28 am
that last part is the sad truth
mthomas- November 12, 2009 at 9:21 am
I think that they should make a deal. If Hardy wins, Swick has to prominently display his 'Trophy' at the press conference. If Swick wins, Hardy has to shave his stupid mohawk. Whoever the winner is, their ultimate reward is gonna be getting pounded on by GSP for 5 rounds....
Merlin- November 12, 2009 at 9:17 am
Rock on Swick!
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