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The UFC’s latest “Primetime” series premiered on Spike TV Wednesday night, whereupon we learned that Dan Hardy is a mouthy British punk and Georges St. Pierre is a determined, focused professional athlete. If that sounds like an oversimplification of the matter, that’s because it is. It’s also the angle that “Primetime” spent the better part of a half-hour hammering into our skulls.

The good news is the show garnered an average audience of about one million people, making it the most-watched episode since the series began with the GSP-BJ Penn showdown in January of 2009. In terms of cold hard numbers and objective reality, the newest incarnation of the show would appear to be a success. When it comes to telling us anything new about the fighters, and avoiding the empty phrases and broad stroke storytelling that is so often the worst part of fight-hyping TV shows, there’s nothing spectacular here.

Part of that is a product of circumstance. The UFC already did this with St. Pierre once, and his story hasn’t changed all that much in the span of a year. He’s also not headed into a contest that anyone expects to be very competitive – more like a massacre than a battle, which doesn’t make for great drama as a rule. That leaves us with Hardy, mugging in front of an urban graffiti background while “God Save the Queen” blares in the background. Subtle, it isn’t.

Then again, what do we expect? The role of these types of shows is to give us something about each guy that we can latch onto, something to serve as an easy stand-in for an actual identity, and then contrast one fighter with his opponent as much as possible. It’s not exactly a genre that lends itself to complexity. Instead it’s a genre that involves a lot of looking into a camera and talking about how you’re going to beat the other guy up, which is exactly what we got from episode one.

Just out of curiosity, anyone feeling like this fight is going to be more competitive now that you’ve been officially pumped full of hype? I mean, Hardy did shake hands with Matt Serra at the end, right?  For a guy who’s being given nothing more than the slimmest of puncher’s chances, there may be no better mentor.

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Socal Tot- March 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm
GSP is going to knock the red off of Hardy's mohawk. Nothing against Hardy, the UK, or a puncher's chance, but GSP is fucking legendary and in his prime.
kolenovic- March 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm
Dan Hardy should get a ticket for using his cellphone while driving in the state of New York
robthom- March 13, 2010 at 1:08 am
"I'm putting $20 on Hardy. Call me crazy but I think he's gonna knock GSP out in the 1st round."

If you've got an extra 20 bucks cluttering up your mansion I'm sure a billion to one will be a fun distraction.

I agree.
There's an outside/punchers chance.

GSP has fucked up before.

"NICK DIAZ would beat the shit out of gsp on the feet and could submit him once gsp reverts to his boring ass wrestling ..."

French people are not allowed to speak or express opinions in English unless specifically instructed to!
just some dong- March 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm
Hardy could barely hang with Swick or Davis. GSP's gonna shoot and smash.
4th and Schlong- March 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm
I have never seen GSP that intense during the pre fight hype. No smiling, no beating around the bush, he was confident and he looked pissed. Bad news for Dan Hardy. It also looked like GSP might have like a 48" vertical. Wesley snipes was wrong after all.
honkey_kong- March 12, 2010 at 4:25 pm
I'm putting $20 on Hardy. Call me crazy but I think he's gonna knock GSP out in the 1st round.
sevvi- March 12, 2010 at 3:10 pm
Wrestling is part of a fight no? It is mixed martial arts not just BJJ/striking. =)
cloiselle- March 12, 2010 at 2:50 pm
"There isn't a welterweight alive who can beat GSP right now. He will be bigger, stronger and will wrestle/ground and pound his way to a stoppage."

NICK DIAZ would beat the shit out of gsp on the feet and could submit him once gsp reverts to his boring ass wrestling like he always does, another reason the ufc's not getting my money for this fight. I'd pay to see a FIGHT, not a wrestling match.

ProfessorMMA- March 12, 2010 at 2:28 pm
GSP Round 1 Win:

Sweep the leg Georges!

Get him a body bag! YEAH!
robthom- March 12, 2010 at 2:11 pm
Pumped full of something.
alaN- March 12, 2010 at 1:22 pm
lol tardy good call going to Serra
sevvi- March 12, 2010 at 1:16 pm
I don't know. I always been a fan of GSP.. Or always is a bad word. Since i saw him compete for the first time. Think it was against Jay hieron. (missed the fight with Karo watched it later though). I think he is good for the sport of mma. He is a truly friendly and nice guy and if you seen his ufc all access you just gotta love that guy. I just think that he seems to be a great guy and a really good athlete/mixed martial artist.
Lysol- March 12, 2010 at 12:58 pm
Dude, everyone needs to chill with the "GSP may overlook this fight, so Hardy will win!' shit. He already DID pay for overlooking a fight (Sorry Serra, that's the only reason you won), and there's no doubt in my mind that Greg Jackson is reminding him of this on a daily basis leading up to this fight.

And @ danomite:

"These guys look like a bunch of old drunks they pulled out of some pub."

You say that like it's a bad thing! I'd love to learn to fight from an old British drunk.
Goog- March 12, 2010 at 12:57 pm
Even if by some stretch Hardy would win, he won't instantly become some mega-star any more than Matt Serra did. Buster Douglas wasn't the most feared man on the planet after he beat Tyson. It was an upset, for sure, but Tyson remained the draw and Douglas slipped into obscurity, like Serra, after his next fight.

And for God's sake, don't argue that Matt Serra is relevant.

I just don' like Hardy's smugness after the string of so-so fights. I really couldn't pick between GSP and Alves, but after seeing how he handled that fight... I will be shocked when GSP loses.
flash237- March 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm
and if Hardy wins, everybody is gona shit their pants
flash237- March 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm
this primetime show is very entertaining....fuck i cant wait for the second episode!
Dubbayoo- March 12, 2010 at 12:42 pm
JoseMonkey, thank you for not making fun of my typo. I'm very sensitive!
Nut Puncher 9000- March 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm
Just an observation:

I think it is amazing how many MMA fans think one particular fighter is unstoppable. Everyones reign ends eventually and it will be to an underdog when you are champion.

I can give you way more examples of crazy, odds smashing, underdog wins than you can give me 7 time defending champions.
punchguyinface- March 12, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Serra will teach Hardy the secret art of softening up your opponent's knees with your ribs
Don_Dada- March 12, 2010 at 12:06 pm
Yeah , You seem to know alot about MMA. (Sarcasm end)

And the striking coaches may look like bums , But they seem to do the job :-) TUF 9 , UFC 105. UFC 108. Hazelett woken up yet btw ??
JoseMonkey- March 12, 2010 at 12:00 pm

"As a New Yorker, all I can say think that Dan Hardy was breaking the law by driving while talking on his cell phone w/o an ear piece. That's illegal, buddy."

They don't call him the outlaw for nothing! I always assumed he committed assault and other violent crimes, of course. But I guess vehicular offenses count, technically speaking.
danomite- March 12, 2010 at 11:59 am
I literally started laughing my ass off when they showed Dan Hardy and Matt Serra together. This guy is a joke. He's a 27 year old man with a dyed mohawk, for christ's sake.

GSP was right when he said that his opponents need to get new material though. This shit is getting ridiculous. the guy has been dropped, Not knocked out mind you, 1 fucking time in 20 fights and Dan Hardy and his old striking coach thinks he has a glass jaw. Where do these british fighters get their striking coaches by the way? These guys look like a bunch of old drunks they pulled out of some pub.

The only thing that worries me about this fight is that GSP seemed a little too confident during the episode, and the last time he got too cocky he lost. Little comments like how he could out grapple him one round and out strike him in another round led me to believe he might try something stupid instead of just smash Hardy in round 1, pick up his paycheck, and leave.
GEE-yuh-TEEN- March 12, 2010 at 11:42 am
There isn't a welterweight alive who can beat GSP right now. He will be bigger, stronger and will wrestle/ground and pound his way to a stoppage.
jimbonics- March 12, 2010 at 11:25 am
Gut feeling for Hardy. Everyone loses the belt eventually.
richorama- March 12, 2010 at 11:24 am
I just watched this. Everything about Hardy's gameplan seems really, really, really stupid. WTF can Matt Serra possibly teach him? How to fall ass-backwards into good luck? This guy is going to fucking die.