UFC Fight Night 24: For Dan Hardy, It’s Only Personal for 15 Minutes


31b-dan-hardy-ufn-24-w

Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night 24 weigh-ins

Emotion is something certain people have the ability to contain, while others find trouble in dealing with the burden of it.  For fighters, the loss of emotional control can cloud better judgement, putting a halt to any game plan they might have against their opponent on fight night.

Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy is a fighter that can relate to this.

In his last fight against Carlos Condit at UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama, Hardy fell victim to Condit’s punching power, losing by knockout to the former WEC welterweight champion.  Emotionally compromised by the pre-fight talk, Hardy admitted to underestimating Condit’s striking and it cost him.

At UFC Fight Night 24: Nogueira vs. Davis, Hardy will face a returning Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, and although he has nothing against him personally, “The Outlaw” will look to harness his emotion and take all his frustrations out on Johnson come Saturday night.

Dan Hardy and Anthony Johnson face off at the UFC Fight Night 24 weigh-ins

Dan Hardy and Anthony Johnson face off.

“I’ve nothing against him,” Hardy said recently of his UFC Fight Night opponent.  “After the fight, we’re going to shake hands, we’re going to be friends again, but for right now, it’s his fault.

“This (expletive) training camp (has) just been a dragon.”

Obviously, the reason fighters hold training camps – which typically last anywhere between eight to 12 weeks – is to prepare for a pending fight.  For Hardy, the amount of time he has to put in towards camp fuels his drive to beat his opponent.  Once the Octagon door closes, he’s all set to take out his anger on the one standing across from him in the eight-sided cage.

“I already do training camp because I enjoy fighting,” he said.  “So by the time I get to a fight, I blame my opponent for the training camp that I had to put myself through.  And that’s what makes me push as hard as I do.”

Hopefully for Hardy, he’ll be able control his emotions enough to serve him well against “Rumble.”  Johnson is returning from a lengthy break from injury, but it doesn’t mean Hardy will find it any easier to deal with the big welterweight, especially one who likes trade blows as much as Johnson.

Hardy appeared to get caught up in the emotion a little too much for his fight against Condit. Mental mistakes like that can cost a fighter, but according to him, Hardy sees the emotional roller coaster as par for the course.

“There’s always an emotion in the fight because it’s either me or him,” he explained.  “So it did get emotional.  And especially (with) the things I have to sacrifice over at the training camp.”

For his UFC Fight Night 24 bout, Hardy explained that his training camp was 11 weeks long.  That’s 77 days of pent up agitation to release on fight night.  He’ll look to use every single bit of it when he trades shots with Anthony Johnson in the co-main event of the evening.  The chances are strong this fight will end early with a knockout, going nowhere near a decision.

Got something to say? Weigh in with a thought of your own in the comments section below.

Erik Fontanez is a staff writer for MMAWeekly.com.
Follow
@Erik_Fontanez on Twitter or e-mail Erik a question or comment.

Follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

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

Related News

  • 20 days ago
  • 575 views

Alistair Overeem is focused solely on Friday’s UFC Fight Night 50 showdown with Ben Rothwell, but he can’t ignore the fact a fight with former Blackzilian teammate Anthony Johnson might be imminent.F read news >>

  • 14 days ago
  • 806 views

"Rumble" isn't about to pour salt on a very wounded "Reem." Are you surprised? Alistair Overeem's loss to Ben Rothwell via first round knockout (KO) this past Friday (Sept. 5, 2014) at UFC Fight Nigh read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 3 views

"The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung is injured again. The fan-favorite featherweight has not fought since an August 2013 bid at Jose Aldo's 145-pound strap, a fight in which he injured his shoulder an read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

Joseph Benavidez will look to remain amongst the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s flyweight contenders in a newly announced bout against Dustin Ortiz. read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 1 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC’s return to Australia is not official yet, but it has its first bout already. Sydney’s own Anthony Perosh will be making his return to the Octagon against Brazilian striker Guto Inocente, who ret read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 2 views

Which just so happens to be the same day as UFC Fight Night 56 on FOX Sports 1 in Brazil. Doubleheader! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is sneaking in another mixed martial arts (MMA) event on t read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC middleweight Chris Camozzi was five minutes into his most recent fight when he suddenly decided to shift direction in his strategy. Instead of defending the takedowns of Bruno Santos, he started read news >>

  • 19 days ago
  • 3 views

Matt Mitrione previews his UFC Fight Night 50 bout against Derrick Lewis. read news >>