UFC officials Tuesday announced that hard-hitting British
welterweight Dan Hardy will
return home for his next in-cage performance, as “The Outlaw” will
UFC on Fuel TV 5 in Nottingham, England.
Hardy is expected to square off with “The Ultimate Fighter” Season
7 winner Amir
Sadollah at the Sept. 29 event. Featherweight Jason Young
will also be in action, as the promotion confirmed Tuesday that the
Brit will face Robert
Peralta at the Capital FM Arena. The event will be headlined by
a heavyweight confrontation pitting Stipe
Miocic against Stefan
Struve and is also slated to feature a bantamweight bout
Pickett and Yves
Hardy, 30, picked up his first win since 2009 in his most recent
outing, knocking out Duane Ludwig
with a vicious left hook followed by ground-and-pound. Prior to
that victory, “The Outlaw” had lost four straight fights, a skid
kicked off by his failed bid to capture Georges St.
Pierre's welterweight crown in March 2010.
Sadollah has fought the entirety of his professional career in the
UFC, debuting in 2008 with a submission of C.B.
Dollaway in the “TUF 7” finale. More recently, the New Yorker
has won three of his last four, edging Jorge Lopez
last month at
UFC on Fuel TV 3 to rebound from an August decision defeat to
Young, 25, began his UFC career with a pair of defeats, suffering
decision losses to Dustin
Poirier and Michihiro
Omigawa last year. “Shotgun” righted his ship in his most
recent fight, however, taking a unanimous decision from Eric Wisely
on April 14 at
UFC on Fuel TV 2.
Peralta's last outing ended in controversy this past November, as
the Californian saw a technical knockout over Mackens
Semerzier changed to a no contest after it was revealed that an
accidental headbutt floored the WEC veteran prior to the finish.
Peralta had won eight straight fights before that result, edging
Takaya 14 months ago in the Strikeforce cage before besting
Lullo this past September in his UFC debut.