Dan Hardy: Fans treat GSP like he is some kind of God

Posted on March 2, 2010, 07:20 AM by Anton Gurevich
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Number one contender for the UFC Welterweight title Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy hit back at critics in a local thisisnottingham.co.uk blog. Hardy (24-6 Mixed Martial Arts record) trains for his March 27 fight against Georges St. Pierre at the Nottingham-based Team Rough House, and it looks like "The Outlaw" is enjoying the status of the "ultimate underdog" against GSP:

"I am a big underdog against GSP and every interview, every day, in emails from fans, I'm getting asked: 'How do you expect to beat GSP?' and 'Do you think you deserve a title shot?' I am getting those questions all the time, like GSP is some kind of god and shouldn't even have to defend his title."

As for the critics, Twenty-seven year old Hardy is well known for his unique ability to get under the skin of his opponents, which eventually helps him to take them off mental balance during the fight. He had something to say about each and everyone of them:

"Koscheck says I have beaten nobodies but my latest win was over his supposed friend and team-mate in Swick. How loyal. That's why Jon Fitch isn't improving, why Koscheck has so many one-sided losses on his record and why Swick will never fight for a title.

Nate Marquardt is another guy who has been vocal that I am getting some sort of preferential treatment from the UFC. But all I can say is if I don't curl up into a ball and get blasted in one round, I'll do better than he did in his title shot against Anderson Silva."

Dan Hardy is currently on an impressive 7-fight winning streak, beating opponents like Akihiro Gono, Marcus Davis and Mike Swick on his way for the title shot against Georges St. Pierre.  Jon Fitch had an incredible 16-fight winning streak (8-0 in the UFC) before his fight against "Rush" at UFC 87, that ended in a Unanimous Decision victory for the Canadian.


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  • GracieHunter0718
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    I am excited for this fight. I am hoping for a Dan Hardy win, but he will have to watch GSP's hands, and takedowns...



    GSP is no good he can be defeated just like any ordinary fighter, and I think Dan can do it.

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  • BigNog22
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    all u British dude are obliviously delusional.

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  • borealis19
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    "Jon Fitch had an incredible 16-fight winning streak (8-0 in the UFC) before his fight against "Rush" at UFC 87, that ended in a Unanimous Decision victory for the Canadian."



    Nice analogy. GSP will beat Hardy..............He's bigger, stronger, and way more experienced than Hardy. Further, I'm still not convinced that Hardy is a better fighter than John Fitch or Thiago Alves who were decisively and convincingly defeated by GSP...

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  • partyboy
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    i quite like hardy...i know he runs his mouth a lot but he seems to back it up so whats wrong with that?every1s havin a go at him so hes defendin himself, and hes completly justified in believin in himself(im not sayin hell win but he has ko power nd wev seen that gsp can potentially be exposed by that in the serra fight)

    that said i think gsp will win, hes the best p4p fighter out there for a reason

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  • IGMBurninPiff
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    GSP before the MattSerra loss was 1 of my favorite fighters now because he's tentative to strike he's been more of a lay on top and hit people but not finish alot of laying in gaurd holding people down... Hardy's hands are definately heavier then Serra's so look for GSP to use takedowns to grind out a win or maybe finish by Ground n Pound but doubtful he's done alot of just pointing it out from guard for decisive wins

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  • CanadianJoe1
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    I doubt he does deserve it more than those guys, but that is just the thing. GSP has beaten all of the other top contenders. Fitch, Alves, Koscheck (who by the way did technically call his teammate Swick a "nobody"). Who else is there? Basically GSP has demolished the top of the ladder and is making his way down. If he wins this fight decisively don't be surprised to see him fight in a different weight class.

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  • Zombiepower
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    If there is something i like about Hardy, its the EPIC MOHAWK! lol hes like one of the Bloody raiders from the game Fallout 3.

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  • Pylore
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    the raiders! ahahha that made my day

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  • comonson
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    i hope GSP stands with him and ko's him wit a superman punch

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  • Ninja
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    lol, ya that would be sick, there is a difference between cocky and confident and Hardy is acting way to cocky rite now maybe after GSP destroys him he'll become more humble, but i doubt that

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  • JaytheBrit
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    gsp has packed on sum weight watch for some improved knock out power.

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  • MAMBA24ILL
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    This gonna look like He-Man vs stick figure.

    And i'm wondering what Nate said about Hardy.

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  • ston3pony
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    Nate is pure class... I doubt Hardy wasn't provoked, just running his mouth.

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  • BigNog22
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    that dude can't stop talking it's incredible,GSP is gonna take care of him, he don't have to be worry.

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  • Rane
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    HArdy, because HE IS! U F--- Holigan!

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  • cranestyle
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    I hope Dan doesn't spend too much brain power trying to think up things to annoy GSP.



    Sure "the outlaw" has got under other fighter's skin, there's a bit of a gap between GSP and Marcus Davis. GSP



    I like Hardy and find him entertaining, but his comments are starting to sound a little forced. Do you think he's getting nervous?

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    I can hear the tootsie pops dropping in his pants.

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    Yeah, so...

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  • comonson
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    if he keeps dissing our champion, he's gonna end up like bisping and be forever hated

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  • BigNog22
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    GSP is the god of the ww division,heard me mohawk man.

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  • GSPfan
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    Hardy is ignorant. When people ask him how he is going to beat GSP and wondering if he feels that he deserves a title shot has nothing to do with people thining GSP is a god or that he shouldn't have to defend his title. People ask these things because he has only beat like 1 top 10 fighter in the WW division. Most people don't think he deserves the title shot, so they ask him his thoughts on if he feels he deserves it. If it was Fitch or somebody else of that caliber, then no questions would be asked. People just don't feel that he deserves a title shot yet. He has no logic behind his comments. Every interview I see from him makes him seem more and more like Bisping, which is definitely not a good thing. It's bad enough that Bisping is a bad show for their country, but now they will have 2 instead of 1. Hardy will get beat like Fitch or Alves did and do exactly what Bisping does and that is no give credit to the winner but to make excuses to how he won every fight that he truly loses.

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  • Harpmeister
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    There is no Lay and Pray. Whenever Georges is wrestling opponents to the mat, he is punishing them with fists, knees, and elbows, as well as looking for a submission. If you cannot escape, you loose. This is one dimension of his game.



    Georges regularly outstrikes his opponents. He outstruck Alves, Fitch, Penn, Hughes, and Serra at the rematch. Great leg kicks, jab, superman punch, and kicks in general. Good left hook, and right cross. This is another dimension of his game.



    Georges is explosive, quick as hell, and hard to read his intentions. He initiates action, and is an excellent countermeasure artist as well. This is what makes his opponents generally look weak and less than what you normally see. He has a well rounded toolbox and keeps you guessing what is coming next.



    Knocking people out may be exciting, but it is only a small portion of Mixed Martial Arts. If Georges imposes his will upon his opponent and controls the fight, he is the winner no matter what methods he employs. Whether it is a KO, TKO, or Decision is no consequence... it is an honest domination and win.

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  • rickjitsu
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    GSP in less than 3 Rnds nappy time for danny boy!

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  • Dustycrash
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    Hardy is the equivalent of Lesnar in the MW division, he should be fighting Alves or Fitch or SOMEONE in TOP 10 first, time for a reality check and maybe a haircut DAN.

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  • Dustycrash
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    OOPS WW I meant!!!!!

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  • MMAnalyst
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    Then we'll see which Brit can close the other's mouth - too bad they're best friends. Would also love to see Anderson Silva vs Lyoto Machida, but same problem.

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