While most MMA fans have already marked welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre down for a lopsided win over Dan Hardy at UFC 111, the planet’s baddest 170-pounder believes the Brit possesses all the tools to beat him and that’s why he’s preparing for the worst.
“Dan Hardy is a very dangerous guy, he’s got great striking, great hands and he’s very well rounded,” GSP said of his March 27th nemesis. “I have to be careful, not only standing up, but also on the ground if I have to go there.”
If St-Pierre is able to impose his will, like he’s done so effortlessly in his last six victorious outings, Hardy will spend much of the scrap on his back looking up at the Prudential Center ceiling. That gameplan not only plays right into GSP’s breadbasket, but it also neutralizes the puncher’s chance that Hardy has in stealing gold.
However, while most believe there’s nothing more dangerous than facing a wounded opponent, the 28-year-old claims that Hardy’s breed is the most lethal of them all (Please See: Matt Serra UFC 69).
“Guys that have nothing to lose in a fight are the most dangerous guys to fight,” St-Pierre said of his current state of alert. “It’s going to be a spectacular fight.”
But let’s be serious, there’s a reason why GSP is a significant 8-to-1 favorite to retain his crown. Although this bout might not be as blockbuster as some of St-Pierre’s prior matchups, he’s challenged himself to unleash an all-time shellacking to add to his extensive highlight reel collection.
“Right now I’m the world champion. I’m the target and everybody wants to take my place,” St-Pierre said of being the top dog. “It’s hard to become champion, but it’s even harder to stay the champion.
“I don’t only want to win, I want this win to be remembered forever.”