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. 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.
Career in the UFCEdit
Hardy made his UFC debut at UFC 89, defeating Akihiro Gono via split decision. Gono was left swollen and bloody by several of Hardy's left hooks. Gono rocked Hardy on more than one occasion. In the third round Gono pushed Hardy to the canvas and while there landed an illegal knee to the face of the downed fighter 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.
Dan Hardy beat Rory Markham at UFC 95 in the first round (1:09) by KO with a clean counter left hook. A follow-up shot on the mat brought in Kevin Mulhall to stop the fight. 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?”
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."
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. 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. 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.
On November 14, 2009 at UFC 105 he faced Mike Swick who replaced an injured Kim Dong-hyun. At a press conference in Manchester 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, but managed to rock Swick early in the first round with a straight right hand which appeared to dent the American's confidence. 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. 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.
Hardy was then scheduled to face Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title on March 27, 2010 at UFC 111 in Newark, New Jersey. 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.
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. He has a passion for art, rarely spending a day without a sketch pad in his bag until the age of 22. 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
|Professional record breakdown|
|34||23 wins||7 losses|
|Loss||23-7 (1)||Georges St. Pierre||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 111: St.Pierre vs. Hardy||27 March 2010||5||5:00||Newark, New Jersey||For UFC Welterweight Championship|
|Win||23-6 (1)||Mike Swick||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera||14 November 2009||3||5:00||Manchester, England|
|Win||22-6 (1)||Marcus Davis||Decision (Split)||UFC 99: The Comeback||13 June 2009||3||5:00||Cologne, Germany|
|Win||21-6 (1)||Rory Markham||KO (Punch)||UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson||21 February 2009||1||1:09||London, England|
|Win||20-6 (1)||Akihiro Gono||Decision (Split)||UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben||18 October 2008||3||5:00||Birmingham, England||UFC Debut|
|Win||19-6 (1)||Daniel Weichel||TKO (Elbows)||UF: Punishment||3 May 2008||2||1:49||Doncaster, England|
|Win||18-6 (1)||Chad Reiner||KO (Punches)||CWFC: Enter the Rough House 6||19 April 2008||3||2:10||Nottingham, England|
|Win||17-6 (1)||Manuel Garcia||Submission (Punches)||CWFC: Enter The Rough House 5||8 December 2007||1||2:21||Nottingham, England|
|Loss||16-6 (1)||Yoshiyuki Yoshida||DQ (Accidental groin kick)||GCM: Cage Force 5||1 December 2007||2||0:04||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||16-5 (1)||Hidetaka Monma||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||GCM: Cage Force 4||8 September 2007||3||0:29||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||15-5 (1)||Daizo Ishige||Decision (Unanimous)||GCM: Cage Force 3||27 May 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||14-5 (1)||Willy Ni||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||CWFC: Enter The Rough House 2||28 April 2007||2||0:39||Nottingham, England|
|Win||13-5 (1)||Alexandre Izidro||TKO (Punches)||CWFC: Enter The Rough House||9 December 2006||3||4:56||Nottingham, England|
|Win||12-5 (1)||Danny Rushton||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||CWFC: Showdown||16 September 2006||5:00||Sheffield, England|
|Loss||11-5 (1)||David Baron||Decision (Unanimous)||2H2H: Road to Japan||18 June 2006||2||3:00||Holland|
|Loss||11-4 (1)||Forrest Petz||Decision (Unanimous)||Fightfest 2||14 April 2006||3||5:00||Canton, Ohio|
|Win||11-3 (1)||Diego Gonzalez||TKO (Cut)||CWFC: Strike Force 5||25 March 2006||3||0:19||Coventry, England|
|Win||10-3 (1)||Matt Thorpe||Decision (Split)||CWFC: Strike Force 4||26 November 2005||3||5:00||Coventry, England|
|No Contest||9-3 (1)||Diego Gonzalez||No Contest||CWFC: Strike Force 3||1 October 2005||2||1:19||Coventry, England|
|Win||9-3||Sami Berik||Decision (Unanimous)||CWFC: Quest 3||17 September 2005||3||5:00||Sheffield, England|
|Win||8-3||Lautaro Arborelo||TKO||CWFC: Strike Force 2||16 July 2005||3||3:52||Coventry, England|
|Win||7-3||Alexandre Izidro||Decision (Majority)||KOTC: Warzone||24 June 2005||2||5:00||Sheffield, England|
|Win||6-3||Stuart Barrs||TKO||UK: Storm||18 June 2005||2||N/A||Birmingham, England|
|Loss||5-3||David Baron||Submission (Triangle Choke)||CWFC: Strike Force||21 May 2005||2||3:10||Coventry, England|
|Win||5-2||Andy Walker||TKO (Strikes)||CWFC: Quest||8 April 2005||1||N/A||Yorkshire, England|
|Win||4-2||Lee Doski||Submission (Injury)||Fight Club UK 1||29 January 2005||2||N/A||Sheffield, England|
|Win||3-2||Aaron Barrow||KO||CWFC 9: Xtreme Xmas||18 December 2004||1||0:13||Sheffield, England|
|Loss||2-2||Pat Healy||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Absolute Fighting Championships 10||30 October 2004||1||3:50||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|Win||2-1||Andy Melia||Submission (Strikes)||CWFC 8: Brutal Force||18 September 2004||2||N/A||Sheffield, England|
|Win||1-1||Paul Jenkins||Decision (Majority)||Full Contact Fight Night 2||14 August 2004||3||5:00||Portsmouth, England|
|Loss||0-1||Lee Doski||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Extreme Brawl 7||6 June 2004||2||4:59||Bracknell, England|
References and footnotesEdit
Featured Champs, Cage Warriors. Cagewarriors.com. Retrieved on 2008-06-02.
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/news/rankings/list
- ↑ Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 UFC 89 Play-by-Play
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 UFC 89 LIVE RESULTS, PLAY-BY-PLAY, & PHOTOS - MMA WEEKLY - Mixed Martial Arts & UFC News, Photos, Rankings & more
- ↑ Sanchez lays claim as force at 155 pounds, Hardy impressive at UFC 95 | MMAjunkie.com
- ↑ Cagewriter - Mixed Martial Arts - Yahoo! Sports
- ↑ UFC 95: Hardy v Markham | Setanta
- ↑ Hardy's digs getting under Davis' skin. ESPN (2009-06-09). Retrieved on 2009-06-10.
- ↑ Dan Hardy's UFC clash with Marcus Davis set to produce fireworks. The Telegraph (2009-06-10). Retrieved on 2009-06-10.
- ↑ Marcus Davis fuming over UFC 99 loss skin (2009-06-13).
- ↑ Dan Hardy to face Mike Swick at UFC 105. The Sun. Retrieved on 2009-09-28.
- ↑ Dan Hardy entertains at UFC 105 press conference. iFight365.com.
- ↑ http://www.bestbetufc.com/ufc-predictions/mike-swick-vs-dan-hardy-odds-and-prediction/
- ↑ http://www.ufc.com/index.cfm?fa=news.detail&gid=26152
- ↑ http://fiveouncesofpain.com/2009/11/14/couture-edges-vera-hardy-earns-title-shot-with-win-over-swick-bisping-tkos-kang-at-ufc-105/comment-page-1/
- ↑ Hardy Eying Date with GSP. Sherdog (2009-11-14). Retrieved on 2009-11-14.
- ↑ http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Penn-Gunning-for-UFC-Abu-Dhabi-Slot-21887
- ↑ MuscleTalk Interviews Dan Hardy
- ↑ Dan Hardy aims to weather Rory Markham's assault - Telegraph