Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy will be making his octagon return after losing his title shot to UFC welterweight champion Georges ‘Rush’ St. Pierre at UFC 111, back in March of 2010. Hardy has been waiting for his next opponent so he can climb back up the division and earn a second shot at the belt.
‘The Outlaw’ is now scheduled to clash with former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit at UFC 120 in England. In Condit’s UFC debut, he lost a razor thin split decision against Martin Kampmann. He later bounced back by winning back to back UFC bouts against Jake Ellenberger and Rory MacDonald.
UFC 120 will take place on October 16th, 2010 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
From Dan Hardy:
“I’m not surprised that he [Condit] agreed to fight me; I’m surprised that he asked to fight me. I think that was very foolish of him. He had a tough debut in the UFC against Martin Kampmann. Kampmann is a tough guy and that was a close decision. I was impressed with both guys in that fight. Then he’s had two performances against Jake Ellenberger, who is a strong wrestler, and then Rory MacDonald. He’s not looked particularly dangerous in either of those fights. I just think it’s a foolish thing for him to call me out. He’s obviously determined to get to a title shot and he thinks that I’m the right person to go through to get there, so it’s going to be an interesting one for him… I think he’s a gamer; I think he’s tough. I enjoyed watching his fights in the WEC. Obviously, I’ve been keeping an eye on him since he came to the UFC. Just watching his fights, paying attention, making sure I’m aware of who’s in the division. He’s had a couple of tough fights but you know, he’s shown a lot of heart. I think he’s a good opponent. He comes to finish and that’s what I want. He’s not gonna be the kind of guy that’s gonna try and grind out a decision; he wants to either get a submission or a stoppage. He’s a perfect opponent for me because we can have a tear-up and entertain the fans.”