Although Dan Hardy and Nate Marquardt have never squared off in a professional fight, there is a genuine and deep dislike the welterweights share for each other. Now that the dust has somewhat settled on Marquardt’s disappointing predicament, Hardy has decided to drop his two cents on the subject.
“What is he, 31 or 32?” Hardy said to ESPN. “I don’t want to kick a man when he’s down, but what’s he doing needing testosterone therapy anyway at that age? I’m not that far behind him and I certainly don’t need any.
“The thing that annoyed me is that he has tested positive for nandrolone in the past, people are aware of that, and now he’s saying he needs Hormone Replacement. Maybe he wouldn’t have needed Hormone Replacement if he hadn’t been using something in the first place.”
After getting trounced by 170-pound king Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111, Hardy expressed great displeasure in how much wrestling was starting to dominate the sport of MMA. Marquardt quickly took up for his buddy by suggesting Hardy ‘should learn about wrestling instead of complaining about it.’
Hardy was shocked Marquardt decided to jump feet first into the fire for no apparent reason. “Nate the Great” instantly entered Hardy’s hit list.
“It’s his battle to fight now. He’s got some owning up to do and he’s got to get himself back on track,” Hardy added. “There’s nothing to say he can’t get back on track and I hope he does because he’s got a lot of talent. He needs to realize it’s all about hard work in the gym.
“On the bright side, he’ll always have a job as a Chippendale.”
Hardy will be riding a three-fight losing skid into his must-win shootout against Chris Lytle at “UFC on Versus 5.” The event takes place August 14th inside the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.