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A.C. Slater Inspires Dan Hardy for Georges St-Pierre Fight

Written by Tom Ngo
March 5th, 2010

It may be hard to believe, but it’s been 21 years since Saved by the Bell first started influencing adolescent minds. Apparently, Dan Hardy’s favorite was A.C. Slater, as the character’s wrestling prowess continues to be Hardy’s motivational force as he preps for UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre.

The brash Brit released this hilarious spoof, which was clearly inspired by the legendary Daniel LaRusso, that features an intense training session at Team Rough House:

The clip could be viewed as Hardy taking a dig at GSP by mocking the need to concentrate on his mat skills because the 170-pound king has wrestled his way through his last six contests, all of which (for the most part) have been lopsided victories.

If the guy sporting the mohawk can look anything like the dude with the mullet, then St-Pierre may be in for a world of hurt because Slater was able to quickly counter lightweight Zach Morris’ right by securing a body-lock takedown and unleashing a little G’nP in their highly anticipated showdown inside the Bayside High hallways.

When you face a fighter that’s been under that kind of tutelage, it’s hard to see how St-Pierre stands a chance. Just take a look at the highlight reel for yourself, and don’t forget to check out the last person Hardy gives props to when the credits start rolling.

Hardy challenges GSP for his strap at UFC 111 on March 27th in New Jersy. No word on whether Richard “Beldo” Belding has been assigned refereeing duties inside the Prudential Center.

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