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Georges St-Pierre sees bright future for Dan Hardy despite recent run

Most folks had written UFC welterweight Dan Hardy (24-10) off after dropping a quartet of consecutive contests inside the Octagon, and many still haven’t bought his return to form even in light of a knockout win over Duane Ludwig this past May. However, one person who remains confident in Hardy’s abilities is none other than past opponent (and divisional champion) Georges St-Pierre.

St-Pierre was recently asked to give his thoughts on “The Outlaw” and set the bar pretty high in terms of the potential he sees in the 30-year old Brit.

“Dan can come back and be a champion in the future. He has been underrated by a lot of guys,” explained St-Pierre to ESPN. “He’s better than what his last few fights have shown. Maybe he lost confidence but he came back very strong in his last fight. Dwayne Ludwig is a very scary guy to fight and he knocked him out standing up in a striking fight.

“I know how dangerous Dan is because I’ve fought with him and I’ve trained with him and he is very, very good,” GSP concluded.

The two tussled in 2010 with Hardy losing a fairly one-sided decision, the first in his four-fight slide. Hardy’s next outing will come on September 29 in Nottingham, England at UFC on Fuel 5 where he’ll face Amir Sadollah.


  • MCM says:

    Champion? No. But I do think Hardy is underrated, he just needs to work his way back up.

  • Rece Rock says:

    GSP is just being polite. 😉

  • Angry Mike says:

    When he first started out in the UFC, Hardy was a good striker with stopping power, but no other tools. GSP beat him with wrestling, not striking. If Hardy develops some wrestling and submissions, he could be a contender. I don’t think GSP was overstating Hardy’s potential. Whether that potential is ever realized is a whole different question.

  • darth_irritable says:

    It’s kind of like the way you have to view Australians. They can’t help it, so you have to throw them a bone sometimes.

    That’s what GSP is doing here – it’s the St-Pierre prize for participation.

  • moosebaby02 says:

    Hardy is a striking nightmare. More tools and he is working on them and he will be haunting everyone. And I dont even really like the guy

  • Lord Faust says:

    I like Hardy, and think GSP is not just being polite here. Dan’s actually got real power — not just the token respect any guy with a KO on their record gets — to go along with good hands. Re-watch the Ludwig fight; right as Joe comments on an opening, Hardy blasts a crater-sized gash in Dwayne’s forehead.

    The improvements in Hardy’s all-around game, and those of his countrymen — especially in the wrestling aspects — is good to see. I mean, the UFC has been putting a lot of working into promoting the UK MMA scene, it’s nice to see the locals are rising to the occasion.


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