This weekend UFC welterweight Dan Hardy is set for a co-headlining clash on a card in his hometown of Nottingham, England. The bout marks his return to the nation after two years away, so there’s no question the arena will be filled with fans who want to see Hardy lay opponent Amir Sadollah out on the canvas.
However, a few months ago Hardy was fighting for his job after a string of losses. The experience was understandably a trying one for the 30-year old, though in the end it appears the adversity turned out to be a positive where his career is concerned.
“There is pressure on me to win and score a KO because I’ll have hundreds of people in the arena on Saturday night I’ve known for years. But nothing, nothing will compare pressure-wise to my last fight against Duane Ludwig where my UFC career was on the line,” explained Hardy in an interview with the UFC. “Now I am just taking it one fight at a time and am back to enjoying fighting rather than worry about this being my job.”
Hardy knocked Ludwig out in the first round of their rumble, snapping a four-fight skid in the process.
The former title-contender knows he has his work cut out for him at UFC on Fuel 5 if he hopes to put together a winning streak, but he’s equally sure he has the ability to finish the Ultimate Fighter 7 champion off and get the trajectory of his career going the right direction again.
“Amir is a tough guy, he will push the fight on me and he’s got a great chin. He’s going to push this very hard and bring a war. I’m going to give it everything I’ve got, and I am confident that is enough,” Hardy concluded.
UFC on Fuel 5 will air Saturday afternoon on Fuel TV. The card is headlined by a bout between heavyweights Stefan Struve-Stipe Miocic with other featured fights on tap such as Brad Pickett-Yves Jabouin and Matt Wiman-Paul Sass.
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