Getting knocked out for the first time in your career is a life-changing event. Being put unconscious in front of your friends and family is simply pouring salt in the proverbial wound. After getting humbled by Carlos Condit at UFC 120, former welterweight title contender Dan Hardy has called it a wrap for 2010 and is looking forward to big things next year.
“I think I’ll put 2010 to bed and I’ll be ready for the start of next year,” a disappointed Hardy told ESPN.co.uk. “I’ve got things to work on for the rest of this year, and at the same time I’ll look forward to all the Photoshops on the forums!”
Between the automatic medical suspension he’ll receive within the coming days, parlayed with suffering the first lights out loss of his career, the Brit admitted that he’s hit an all-time low in his career.
“I’m gutted, absolutely gutted [to be knocked out]. You’ve got to evolve though, got to keep moving forward,” continued Hardy.
After winning his first four Octagon bouts to earn a shot at 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre, Hardy has now dropped two straight for the second time in his career. Although he still holds an impressive 23-8 record, revisiting the drawing board before coming back wouldn’t be the worst idea.
Coincidentally, the slugger’s last two losses have come at the hands of Greg Jackson-trained fighters.
“I’ve had two losses this year, learned a lot, now I’ve got to get back on the horse and I’ll be ready for next year,” stated Hardy. “This one will be a motivator for the rest of my career.”
While most fans will focus on his knockout loss, Hardy’s class in defeat certainly shouldn’t go unnoticed. It’s not often co-main event losers show up to post-fight press conferences, let alone ones that get slapped senseless and require a trip to the hospital. However, when it was time to hit the podium, there Hardy and his bright red mohawk sat – fully prepared to face the firing squad.