Dan Hardy hasn’t waged the same psychological warfare campaign against Mike Swick in advance of their UFC 105 bout this weekend as he did against Marcus Davis, opting instead to politely agree to beat one another’s asses like gentlemen. That might be because he respects Swick a little more, or just because he realizes that being branded as the guy who makes every fight personal is a great way to make everyone hate you eventually. But even though Hardy has toned it down for this one, Swick is still finding plenty to get fired up about. Case in point, his insistence that Hardy does not respect his speed, which seems to be the easiest way to piss Swick off:
“I’ve seen it happen time and time again. Time and time again, my opponents come in and fight me, and they never give me respect, they always say that my speed is not an issue, they always say that they’re stronger than me, they always say that they’re going to hit harder than me, and they always say they’re going to knock me out. And time and time again, I’m the one sitting in the postfight press conference after a victory.”
“You would think by now I’d get some level of respect, especially from a guy with the credentials he has. He’s not stellar, by any means in the UFC. Three wins is great, but two split decisions is horrible. I’ve never even had a split decision. For him to be boasting about it like he’s the next big thing is horrible. All that’s going to come crashing down. After this fight is over with, he’s going to have a whole new perspective. He’s probably going to be upset at his friends and family and his team who are filling his head with all these ridiculous lies that he’s so much better than me in all these areas.”
Check and mate, Dan Hardy. Your move, sir.
Is it possible that Swick is a little more in love with his speed than he should be? He’s got fast hands, and his nickname is "Quick," so I get it. Just saying, if he happened to have a last name that did not conveniently rhyme with quick — if he was named Mike Leibowitz, for example — you think this would be an issue? Or would he instead be nicknamed "Mean-o-witz," and constantly claim that people weren’t respecting his meanness?