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.