Following a four-fight skid in the UFC and going winless in 2010 and 2011, Dan Hardy took time off from completion to sharpen his tools.  He has since reeled off back-to-back wins inside the famed Octagon.

We didn’t see much difference in his knockout win over Duane Ludwig at UFC 146 in May, but the British brawler is no longer just a brawler, as he showed in his UFC on Fuel TV 5 win over Amir Sadollah on Saturday in Nottingham, England.

Hardy paced himself through the opening round, finding his range and trying to keep the emotions of fighting in front of his hometown in check.  As the second round began to play out, we saw a new and improved Hardy.  He displayed improved takedown ability, game planning and a new skillset on the ground.

“I’ve got these skills now and I’ve been working on them for a year.  I didn’t get to use them in my last fight unfortunately, so they were a surprise in this one,” said Hardy following the fight on Fuel TV’s post-show.  “I’ve got a long way to go, though.  I’ve got a lot to improve upon.   A lot of the things we’ve been working on in training, I didn’t get to work tonight. So we’ve got some things to work on, but a little bit of progress tonight I think.”

The pressure of fighting at home has its benefits and drawbacks, but there is no place Hardy enjoys fighting more than Nottingham.

“There are pros and cons to it.  If you’re in the hotel, you feel like you’re at work all week, whereas, obviously, if you’re at home you have to remind yourself to switch up when it’s time,” he said.

“It was great.  I’ve been wanting to come back to the U.K. for a while and fight and obviously Nottingham is the ideal venue for me.  I’ve got a lot of support here and the fans are so passionate and this arena has a lot of good memories for me.”

Many fighters who drop four fights in a row in the UFC get served their walking papers, but the organization took a chance on the popular and exciting fighter and no one appreciates it more than Hardy.

“First and foremost, I’m a huge UFC fan.  I love this organization and to come out and fight for the UFC fans is at least just an honor.  It’s something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life and I’ll always dig my heels in and fight my best for them,” he said.

And that’s why Hardy remained when so many others haven’t…

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all of your UFC on Fuel TV 5 post-fight coverage.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson Go Inside the Octagon (video) | MMAWeekly.com

  • 25 days ago
  • 2 views

In this episode of Inside The Octagon, Dan Hardy and John Gooden look ahead to the UFC 205 championship match-up between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson. read news >>

Dan Hardy discusses his McGregor lean, Woodley's lack of love, Kowalkiewicz vs. Jedrzejczyk

  • 23 days ago
  • 17 views

Of all the rarities and precedents that are combining to potentially make UFC 205 the most significant event in MMA history, perhaps it’s the prospect of three consecutive title fights excites the mo read news >>

Video: Hardy, Gooden break down Jedrzejczyk-Kowalkiewicz, Weidman-Romero at UFC 205

  • 23 days ago
  • 15 views

Ahead of UFC 205, UFC Fight Pass analyst Dan Hardy and broadcast partner John Gooden break down the first title fight on the card, as well as the key middleweight contenders fight before it, as part read news >>

UFC 205: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Is the Substance to Ronda Rousey's Style

  • 22 days ago
  • 13 views

If you didn’t know anything about MMA and you heard about a ferocious women’s champion, whom would you imagine? If you heard about a savage no one could beat, who had built a legacy in a couple of ye read news >>

UFC 205: Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez video highlights

  • 21 days ago
  • 206 views

Conor McGregor famously announced he didn’t come to the UFC to take part, he came to take over. After crushing Eddie Alvarez to win his second belt in two weight classes, it appears the takeover is i read news >>

Raquel Pennington says UFC 205 win over Miesha Tate moves her from dark horse to contender

  • 20 days ago
  • 14 views

Raquel Pennington didn’t have an easy task in any way when she stood across from Miesha Tate at UFC 205. Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Video: After grueling UFC 205 title win, Joanna Jedrzejczyk swollen but not broken

  • 19 days ago
  • 17 views

We didn’t hear much from Joanna Jedrzejczyk following UFC 205, largely due to the fact she had to skip the post-event press conference for a precautionary trip to the hospital.Filed under: News, UFC, read news >>

Thiago Alves suspended three months for missing weight at UFC 205

  • 11 days ago
  • 11 views

Thiago Alves’ first attempt at fighting as a UFC lightweight didn’t just end in a loss. He’s now picked up an additional suspension.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Video: Miesha Tate talks 'transition,' not retirement, remains content after choice to walk away

  • 9 days ago
  • 38 views

MELBOURNE, Australia – Miesha Tate didn’t head to New York intent on retiring at UFC 205, but it didn’t take long for her to decide her heart simply wasn’t in fighting any longer.Filed under: Feature read news >>

Matt Schnell gets late-replacement spot on Saturday's TUF 24 Finale fight card

  • 7 days ago
  • 19 views

Matt Schnell didn’t win “The Ultimate Fighter 24,” but he’s got a spot on the undercard of the show’s live finale.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>