While the 4th of July is still several months away, welterweights Dan Hardy and Anthony Johnson promise to provide fireworks this Saturday at “UFC Fight Night 24.”
Although Hardy was knocked completely unconscious the last time he took center stage, the slugger still intends to dance with the girl he brought to the prom. It’s the same strategy he’s executed en route to an impressive 23-8 (1 NC) professional record.
“I’m not planning to go to the ground with Anthony,” Hardy emphatically stated during this week’s conference call. “I’m planning to send him down on his own.”
While the Brit has lost two straight fights, with strike number three typically signifying an Octagon exit, Hardy refuses to allow what Carlos Condit did to him at UFC 120 to keep him from swinging for the fences.
“The thing that annoys me about it is that Condit thinks he’s a better fighter than me now and I know in my heart that’s not true,” Hardy said. “It’s one of those things, sometimes it happens. It doesn’t change anything. I’m going to keep doing exactly what I do because I love doing it.”
Johnson, on the other hand, should have a significant advantage on the canvas. Regardless, the wrestler claims he doesn’t intend on taking it their either.
“Hell no, this fight ain’t going to the ground,” Johnson stated. “You’re talking to two guys who love to bang, plain and simple. We don’t like that lovey-dovey stuff, we want to keep it on the feet, give everybody what they want, what they pay their money for.
“So one way or another, somebody’s getting knocked out.”
Johnson was last seen getting submitted by Josh Koscheck at UFC 106 in November 2009.
“UFC Fight Night 24” takes place this Saturday inside the Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. The Spike TV broadcast airs live at 9PM ET/6PM PT.