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Dan Hardy (born May 17, 1982) is an English professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division. A professional MMA competitor since 2004, Hardy fought in various promotions such as Cage Force and Cage Warriors before signing a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2008. He is the current Cage Warriors welterweight and light-welterweight champion.[1] His nickname is derived from the fictional character Robin Hood who shares Hardy's hometown of Nottingham. Hardy is currently ranked by Sherdog as the #4 welterweight fighter in the world.[2]

Career in the UFCEdit

Hardy made his UFC debut at UFC 89, defeating Akihiro Gono via split decision.[3] Gono was left swollen and bloody by several of Hardy's left hooks.[4] Gono rocked Hardy on more than one occasion.[5] In the third round Gono pushed Hardy to the canvas and while there landed an illegal knee to the face of the downed fighter[4] causing the fight to be stopped for a lengthy period. Hardy recovered and went on to win the split decision. The judges saw the bout 29–28 (twice) for Hardy and 29–28 for Gono.[5]

Dan Hardy beat Rory Markham at UFC 95 in the first round (1:09) by KO with a clean counter left hook.[6] A follow-up shot on the mat brought in Kevin Mulhall to stop the fight.[7] In his post-fight interview, Hardy retorted to Markham's pre-fight accusation that he had weak hands by exclaiming to the ecstatic crowd, "No punching power? What do you have to say about that?”[8]

Dan Hardy next faced Marcus Davis at UFC 99 on June 13, 2009. The grudge between these two men began with the Irish-American Davis fighting in the UK against local fighters and defeating them all in spectacular fashion. Hardy stated that the UK was his home and he did not want Davis in it, building a fan base. It started to get personal when Hardy began openly insulting Davis calling him a fake Irishman and stating that Davis' website "looked like a St. Patrick's day gift shop blew up."[9]

Afterwards, on an UK underground MMA website, Hardy encouraged fans to post photoshopped pictures of Davis in a homosexual fashion. The pictures upset Davis, causing him to confront Hardy at a UFC 99 press conference. The two continued to argue, but finally agreed to settle it in the cage.[10] After a three round war, the judges at UFC 99 awarded the fight to Dan Hardy. Marcus Davis stormed out of the cage ignoring Hardy's attempts to make peace. Davis told reporters that he wants a rematch with Hardy in Ireland or Boston.[11] Hardy insists in his post-fight interview with Davis (and after the event to fans) that all of controversy was an effort to get Davis off his game-plan and nothing personal.

Title aspirationsEdit

On November 14, 2009 at UFC 105 he faced Mike Swick who replaced an injured Kim Dong-hyun.[12] At a press conference in Manchester[13] Hardy and Swick discussed the winner of their fight getting a title shot against Georges St-Pierre. Hardy was the underdog coming into the fight,[14] but managed to rock Swick early in the first round with a straight right hand which appeared to dent the American's confidence.[15] Swick appeared to be uncomfortable standing toe-to-toe with the Englishman and Hardy proceeded to rock him again in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.[16] Hardy won the fight by unanimous decision and booked his place as the number 1 contender for Georges St-Pierre's Welterweight title. In being awarded the title shot, Hardy became the first British fighter in UFC history to receive one. UFC President Dana White confirmed at the post-fight press conference that the fight would most likely be held in Las Vegas. Dan stated in a post-fight interview with Sherdog.com that the next event in Las Vegas (UFC 109) in February was a little too early for him and he would much rather wait.[17]

Hardy was then scheduled to face Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111 in Newark, New Jersey.[18] During the bout St-Pierre was able to take Hardy down at will, and control him with effective ground and pound. St-Pierre was also able to secure a tight armbar and kimura in the first and fourth rounds, with Hardy refusing to tap despite the risk of his arm being broken. St-Pierre defended his title in a unanimous decision after 5 rounds (50-43, 50-44, 50-45), after the fight stating his surprise that Hardy wouldn't tap.

Personal lifeEdit

Hardy is a fan of hardcore, punk and metal music, to the point where he is sponsored by Nottingham-based metal record label, Earache Records.[19] He has a passion for art, rarely spending a day without a sketch pad in his bag until the age of 22.[20] He gave up his degree in art and design in his final year at Nottingham Trent University to pursue MMA full time.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location' Notes
Loss 23-7 (1) Canada flag Georges St. Pierre Decision (Unanimous) UFC 111: St.Pierre vs. Hardy 02010-
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27 March 2010
5 5:00 United States flag Newark, New Jersey For UFC Welterweight Championship
Win 23-6 (1) United States flag Mike Swick Decision (Unanimous) UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera 02009-
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14 November 2009
3 5:00 England flag Manchester, England
Win 22-6 (1) United States flag Marcus Davis Decision (Split) UFC 99: The Comeback 02009-
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13 June 2009
3 5:00 Germany flag Cologne, Germany
Win 21-6 (1) United States flag Rory Markham KO (Punch) UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson 02009-
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21 February 2009
1 1:09 England flag London, England
Win 20-6 (1) Japan flag Akihiro Gono Decision (Split) UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben 02008-
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18 October 2008
3 5:00 England flag Birmingham, England UFC Debut
Win 19-6 (1) Germany flag Daniel Weichel TKO (Elbows) UF: Punishment 02008-
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3 May 2008
2 1:49 England flag Doncaster, England
Win 18-6 (1) United States flag Chad Reiner KO (Punches) CWFC: Enter the Rough House 6 02008-
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19 April 2008
3 2:10 England flag Nottingham, England
Win 17-6 (1) Spain flag Manuel Garcia Submission (Punches) CWFC: Enter The Rough House 5 02007-
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8 December 2007
1 2:21 England flag Nottingham, England
Loss 16-6 (1) Japan flag Yoshiyuki Yoshida DQ (Accidental groin kick) GCM: Cage Force 5 02007-
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1 December 2007
2 0:04 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 16-5 (1) Japan flag Hidetaka Monma TKO (Corner Stoppage) GCM: Cage Force 4 02007-
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8 September 2007
3 0:29 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 15-5 (1) Japan flag Daizo Ishige Decision (Unanimous) GCM: Cage Force 3 02007-
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27 May 2007
3 5:00 Japan flag Tokyo, Japan
Win 14-5 (1) Netherlands flag Willy Ni Submission (Guillotine Choke) CWFC: Enter The Rough House 2 02007-
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28 April 2007
2 0:39 England flag Nottingham, England
Win 13-5 (1) Brazil flag Alexandre Izidro TKO (Punches) CWFC: Enter The Rough House 02006-
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9 December 2006
3 4:56 England flag Nottingham, England
Win 12-5 (1) England flag Danny Rushton TKO (Corner Stoppage) CWFC: Showdown 02006-
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16 September 2006
5:00 England flag Sheffield, England
Loss 11-5 (1) France flag David Baron Decision (Unanimous) 2H2H: Road to Japan 02006-
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18 June 2006
2 3:00 Netherlands flag Holland
Loss 11-4 (1) United States flag Forrest Petz Decision (Unanimous) Fightfest 2 02006-
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14 April 2006
3 5:00 United States flag Canton, Ohio
Win 11-3 (1) Sweden flag Diego Gonzalez TKO (Cut) CWFC: Strike Force 5 02006-
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25 March 2006
3 0:19 England flag Coventry, England
Win 10-3 (1) England flag Matt Thorpe Decision (Split) CWFC: Strike Force 4 02005-
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26 November 2005
3 5:00 England flag Coventry, England
No Contest 9-3 (1) Sweden flag Diego Gonzalez No Contest CWFC: Strike Force 3 02005-
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1 October 2005
2 1:19 England flag Coventry, England
Win 9-3 Turkey flag Sami Berik Decision (Unanimous) CWFC: Quest 3 02005-
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17 September 2005
3 5:00 England flag Sheffield, England
Win 8-3 Spain flag Lautaro Arborelo TKO CWFC: Strike Force 2 02005-
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16 July 2005
3 3:52 England flag Coventry, England
Win 7-3 Brazil flag Alexandre Izidro Decision (Majority) KOTC: Warzone 02005-
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24 June 2005
2 5:00 England flag Sheffield, England
Win 6-3 England flag Stuart Barrs TKO UK: Storm 02005-
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18 June 2005
2 N/A England flag Birmingham, England
Loss 5-3 France flag David Baron Submission (Triangle Choke) CWFC: Strike Force 02005-
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21 May 2005
2 3:10 England flag Coventry, England
Win 5-2 England flag Andy Walker TKO (Strikes) CWFC: Quest 02005-
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8 April 2005
1 N/A England flag Yorkshire, England
Win 4-2 England flag Lee Doski Submission (Injury) Fight Club UK 1 02005-
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29 January 2005
2 N/A England flag Sheffield, England
Win 3-2 England flag Aaron Barrow KO CWFC 9: Xtreme Xmas 02004-
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18 December 2004
1 0:13 England flag Sheffield, England
Loss 2-2 United States flag Pat Healy Submission (Guillotine Choke) Absolute Fighting Championships 10 02004-
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30 October 2004
1 3:50 United States flag Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Win 2-1 England flag Andy Melia Submission (Strikes) CWFC 8: Brutal Force 02004-
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18 September 2004
2 N/A England flag Sheffield, England
Win 1-1 Wales flag Paul Jenkins Decision (Majority) Full Contact Fight Night 2 02004-
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14 August 2004
3 5:00 England flag Portsmouth, England
Loss 0-1 England flag Lee Doski Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Extreme Brawl 7 02004-
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6 June 2004
2 4:59 England flag Bracknell, England

References and footnotesEdit

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See alsoEdit


ja:ダン・ハーディー pt:Dan Hardy sv:Dan Hardy

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