UFC welterweight top contender Dan Hardy is feeling confident about his chances against one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world in Georges St-Pierre. The reason why you ask? Hardy feels GSP has grown far too predictable.
“We know GSP’s game plan. He had his wrestling coach with him the whole time while he was in Las Vegas at UFC 108 during the New Year,” Hardy told the Telegraph. “I’ve been working hard on my clinch [as well].”
Although preparing to make his first title defense since dominating Thiago Alves at UFC 100 last April, St-Pierre made the trek to Sin City in order to support his Jackson Submission-trained teammate, Rashad Evans.
Hardy has never been one to lack confidence, and you can certainly understand why he’s so high on himself as he’s won seven straight bouts including four inside the Octagon. His last victory was his most impressive as he easily handled Mike Swick at UFC 105.
St-Pierre’s blueprint has gradually morphed from being a dynamic striker to a dominating takedown artist over the years, looking more and more dominant each time he takes the cage. Despite the daunting task at hand, Hardy is confident that he’ll be able to bring the pain.
“There will be no surprises, really. If I land I’ll hurt him,” a very confident Hardy continued.
Hardy’s right, there aren’t going to be any surprises, specifically the fact that GSP is going to try and take this fight to the ground – so we aren’t sure why Hardy is so concerned with what the champ was doing UFC 108 weekend.
Captain Obvious could have notified Hardy a couple years ago that he better be ready to sprawl. And perhaps that is the exact reason why most consider GSP the most dominant fighter in the business; everyone knows what he wants to do, but nobody can do anything about it.
Hardy gets his chance on March 27th at UFC 111 in Newark, New Jersey.
It’s gonna be a fist-pumpin’ good time!