Top welterweight contender Dan Hardy was on TapouT Radio this past Thursday to discuss his upcoming title bout with champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111 on March 27th.
Hardy understands that he’s going to be seen as the “bad guy” regardless of what he says because he believes St-Pierre can do no wrong in the public’s eyes.
“He’s a nice guy. He never says anything bad about anybody. He never says anything controversial or very interesting in my opinion,” the confident challenger explained. “I’m not into this ass kissing thing.”
The Team Rough House fighter recently came to New York to finalize his training in anticipation of the biggest scrap of his career. As the ‘UFC Primetime’ preview show revealed, Hardy has enlisted the help of former welterweight champion Matt Serra, the last man to defeat GSP, to assist him in his plight.
Most of Hardy’s highlight reel footage showcases his superior standup skills, but the Brit wants people to understand that he’s also got a solid ground game as well.
“I think like a striker. I fight like a striker, but there’s Jiu-Jitsu there if I need it,” Hardy continued.
In addition to his work with Serra, Hardy has also trained at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under to tutelage of submission specialist Eddie Bravo on occasion, so expect to see an improved grappling game from slugger.
The overly-confident, borderline cocky, Hardy believes he’s not only going to leave the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey with gold around his waist, but he’s planning on doing it in electrifying fashion.
“I plan on knocking him out and putting him on the canvas,” Hardy predicted.
Don’t forget to check out 5thRound.com’s daily previews of the five main bouts for “UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy” with Franklin McNeil of ESPN.com’s ‘MMA Live.’
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