17 May 1982 |
|Other names||The Outlaw|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Style||Taekwondo, Wushu, Muay Thai, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, submission wrestling, Boxing|
|Fighting out of||Nottingham, England|
|Team||Xtreme Couture/Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu|
|Rank||Black belt in Taekwondo
Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Nottingham Trent University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Daniel Mark "Dan" Hardy (born 17 May 1982) is a former English mixed martial artist who fought in the welterweight division. During his professional MMA career starting in 2004, Hardy fought in various promotions such as Cage Force and Cage Warriors before signing a contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 2008. His nickname comes from the screen name he used on the Cage Warrior forum when he was looking for training partners after a disagreement with a coach leading to his former training partners being forbidden to work with him.
Dan Hardy was born in Nottingham, England, where he began martial arts training at the age of 5. Hardy's initial education was in Taekwondo, and he later began competing at the age of 7. He started practicing other martial arts as a teenager which included Karate, Jujutsu, Judo and eventually wushu in which he also traveled to China to train with Shaolin monks for several months. After that he decided to finish college and began Muay Thai and Boxing at the age of 19. He then moved to Mixed martial arts a year later.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Hardy defeated Akihiro Gono via split decision in his UFC debut at UFC 89. Gono was left swollen and bloody by several of Hardy's left hooks. Gono rocked Hardy on several occasions. In the third round, Gono pushed Hardy to the canvas and while there, landed an illegal knee to the head of the downed fighter causing the fight to be stopped for a lengthy period and a point deduction for Gono. Hardy recovered and went on to win the split decision. The judges saw the bout 29–28 (twice) for Hardy and 29–28 for Gono.
Hardy knocked out Rory Markham at 1:09 of the first round with a clean counter left hook on 21 February 2009 at UFC 95. A follow-up shot on the mat brought in Kevin Mulhall to stop the fight. In his post-fight interview, Hardy retorted to Markham's pre-fight accusation that he had weak hands by exclaiming to the ecstatic crowd, "No punching power? What do you have to say about that?"
Hardy next faced Marcus Davis at UFC 99 on 13 June 2009. The grudge between these two men began with the Irish-American Davis fighting in the UK against local fighters and defeating them all in a dominating fashion. Hardy stated that the UK was his home and he did not want Davis in it, building a fan base. It started to get personal when Hardy began openly insulting Davis calling him a fake Irishman and stating that Davis' website "looked like a St. Patrick's day gift shop blew up." Afterwards, on an UK underground MMA website, Hardy encouraged fans to post photoshopped pictures of Davis in a homosexual fashion. The pictures upset Davis, causing him to confront Hardy at a UFC 99 press conference. The two continued to argue, but finally agreed to settle it in the cage. After a three round war, the judges awarded Hardy a razor-thin split decision victory. Davis stormed out of the cage ignoring Hardy's attempts to make peace. Davis later told reporters that he wanted a rematch with Hardy in Ireland or Boston, as well as quoting how controversial he thought the decision was. Hardy insists in his post-fight interview with Davis (and after the event to fans) that all of the controversy was an effort to get Davis off his game-plan and that it was nothing personal.
On 14 November 2009 at UFC 105, he faced Mike Swick who replaced an injured Dong Hyun Kim. At a press conference in Manchester Hardy was the underdog coming into the fight, but managed to rock Swick early in the first round with a straight right hand which appeared to dent the American's confidence. Swick appeared to be uncomfortable standing toe-to-toe with the Englishman and Hardy proceeded to rock him again in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Hardy won the fight via unanimous decision and booked his place as the #1 contender for the UFC Welterweight Championship. In being awarded the title shot, Hardy became the first English fighter in UFC history to receive one. UFC President Dana White confirmed at the post-fight press conference that the fight would most likely be held in Las Vegas. Dan stated in a post-fight interview with Sherdog.com that the next event in Las Vegas (UFC 109) in February was a little too early for him and he would much rather wait.
Hardy was then scheduled to face Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title on 27 March 2010 at UFC 111 in Newark, New Jersey. During the bout St-Pierre was able to take Hardy down at will, controlling him with effective ground and pound. St-Pierre was also able to secure a tight armbar and kimura in the first and fourth rounds, with Hardy refusing to tap despite the risk of his arm being broken. St-Pierre defended his title in a unanimous decision after 5 rounds (50-43, 50-44, 50-45) and after the fight stated his surprise that Hardy refused to tap. In the post fight interview with Joe Rogan, Hardy stated "....tap?...I don't know the meaning of tap."
Hardy faced Carlos Condit on 16 October 2010 at UFC 120 in his home country. During an exchange late in the first round, both Hardy and Condit threw left hooks at the same time with Hardy's punch staggering Condit, while Condit's punch dropped Hardy. Condit followed up with two more punches on the ground, causing the referee to stop the fight at 4:27 of the first round and giving Hardy his first KO loss.
Hardy faced Anthony Johnson on 26 March 2011 at UFC Fight Night 24. Going into the fight, both fighters expressed desire to stand up and trade with one another, however Johnson contradicted what he had said before the fight, and mostly utilised his wrestling to grind out a unanimous decision victory for all three rounds.
Hardy faced Chris Lytle on 14 August 2011 at UFC on Versus 5. Dan has stated that he has changed his training going into this fight, moving to Las Vegas to train at the Country Club with Roy Nelson to work on his grappling, particularly his wrestling defence/offence. He lost the fight via guillotine choke late in the third round, in a back and forth war that saw Lytle landing the busier strikes and Hardy landing the harder counters. The bout earned Fight of the Night honours. Despite losing four fights in a row, Lorenzo Fertitta quoted he would not cut Hardy from the UFC, stating: "I ain't cutting Dan Hardy. I love guys that war!".
Hardy faced Duane Ludwig on 26 May 2012 at UFC 146. Hardy defeated Ludwig via first round KO with a perfectly timed left hook that dropped Ludwig and followed up on the ground finishing with elbow strikes, earning him his first victory since 2009.
He defeated Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) at UFC on Fuel TV 5 on 29 September 2012. Hardy showed an improved ground game, scoring takedowns, ground and pound whilst mixing up striking.
A treatment for Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome is ablation, cauterizing of heart tissue to fix the electrical pathway issue, however Hardy has refused to have this treatment on the basis that the condition has never actually given him any problems. As of November 2013, he is waiting to see if he will be cleared to fight despite his medical condition. Hardy has been offered a non-fighting position within the UFC, whilst the severity of the condition and his future fighting career are established. He has served as a commentator for UFC's Fight Pass events.
Hardy is a fan of punk, metal and hardcore music. His favourite hardcore bands include Earth Crisis, Madball, and Blood for Blood. His opening song is "England Belongs To Me" by the British Oi! band Cock Sparrer, and he and the band have recorded a version of the song together. He has a passion for art, rarely spending a day without a sketch pad in his bag until the age of 22. He gave up his degree in art and design in his final year at Nottingham Trent University to pursue MMA full-time. Dan currently lives in England with his wife, Lacey Ann Hardy. In recent years, Dan Hardy has also become an outspoken critic of trophy-hunting on numerous occasions, even calling UFC Executive Matt Hughes "bad for the sport" due to his trophy-hunting in the states and abroad. Hardy is an Agnostic.
Championships and achievements
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
- Cage Warriors Light Welterweight Champion (One time)
- Cage Warriors Welterweight Championship (One time)
- 2012 Comeback Fighter of the Year 
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|36 matches||25 wins||10 losses|
|Win||25–10 (1)||Amir Sadollah||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic||29 September 2012||3||5:00||Nottingham, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||24–10 (1)||Duane Ludwig||KO (punch and elbows)||UFC 146||26 May 2012||1||3:51||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Knockout of the Night|
|Loss||23–10 (1)||Chris Lytle||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle||14 August 2011||3||4:16||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||23–9 (1)||Anthony Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis||26 March 2011||3||5:00||Seattle, Washington, United States|
|Loss||23–8 (1)||Carlos Condit||KO (punch)||UFC 120||16 October 2010||1||4:27||London, England, United Kingdom|
|Loss||23–7 (1)||Georges St-Pierre||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 111||27 March 2010||5||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States||For the UFC Welterweight Championship.|
|Win||23–6 (1)||Mike Swick||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 105||14 November 2009||3||5:00||Manchester, England||UFC Welterweight title eliminator.|
|Win||22–6 (1)||Marcus Davis||Decision (split)||UFC 99||13 June 2009||3||5:00||Cologne, Germany|
|Win||21–6 (1)||Rory Markham||KO (punch)||UFC 95||21 February 2009||1||1:09||London, England|
|Win||20–6 (1)||Akihiro Gono||Decision (split)||UFC 89||18 October 2008||3||5:00||Birmingham, England|
|Win||19–6 (1)||Daniel Weichel||TKO (elbows)||UF: Punishment||3 May 2008||2||1:49||Doncaster, England|
|Win||18–6 (1)||Chad Reiner||TKO (punches)||Cage Warriors: Enter the Rough House 6||19 April 2008||3||2:10||Nottingham, England|
|Win||17–6 (1)||Manuel Garcia||Submission (punches)||CWFC: Enter The Rough House 5||8 December 2007||1||2:21||Nottingham, England|
|Loss||16–6 (1)||Yoshiyuki Yoshida||DQ (accidental groin kick)||GCM: Cage Force 5||1 December 2007||2||0:04||Tokyo, Japan||GCM welterweight final|
|Win||16–5 (1)||Hidetaka Monma||TKO (corner stoppage)||GCM: Cage Force 4||8 September 2007||3||0:29||Tokyo, Japan||GCM welterweight semi-final|
|Win||15–5 (1)||Daizo Ishige||Decision (unanimous)||GCM: Cage Force EX Eastern Bound||27 May 2007||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan||GCM welterweight quarter-final|
|Win||14–5 (1)||Willy Ni||Submission (guillotine choke)||CWFC: Enter The Rough House 2||28 April 2007||2||0:39||Nottingham, England|
|Win||13–5 (1)||Alexandre Izidro||TKO (punches)||CWFC: Enter The Rough House||9 December 2006||3||4:56||Nottingham, England|
|Win||12–5 (1)||Danny Rushton||TKO (retirement)||CWFC: Showdown||16 September 2006||1||5:00||Sheffield, England|
|Loss||11–5 (1)||David Baron||Decision (unanimous)||2H2H: Road to Japan||18 June 2006||2||3:00||Netherlands|
|Loss||11–4 (1)||Forrest Petz||Decision (unanimous)||Fightfest 2||14 April 2006||3||5:00||Canton, Ohio, United States|
|Win||11–3 (1)||Diego Gonzalez||TKO (doctor stoppage)||CWFC: Strike Force 5||25 March 2006||3||0:19||Coventry, England|
|Win||10–3 (1)||Matt Thorpe||Decision (split)||CWFC: Strike Force 4||26 November 2005||5||5:00||Coventry, England||For vacant CWFC welterweight title|
|NC||9–3 (1)||Diego Gonzalez||NC (overturned loss)||CWFC: Strike Force 3||1 October 2005||2||1:19||Coventry, England||Submission loss overturned due to punches to the back of the head.|
|Win||9–3||Sami Berik||Decision (unanimous)||CWFC: Quest 3||17 September 2005||3||5:00||Sheffield, England|
|Win||8–3||Lautaro Arborelo||TKO (punches)||CWFC: Strike Force 2||16 July 2005||3||3:52||Coventry, England|
|Win||7–3||Alexandre Izidro||Decision (unanimous)||KOTC: Warzone||24 June 2005||2||5:00||Sheffield, England|
|Win||6–3||Stuart Barrs||TKO (punches)||UK: Storm||18 June 2005||2||2:44||Birmingham, England|
|Loss||5–3||David Baron||Submission (triangle choke)||CWFC: Strike Force||21 May 2005||2||3:10||Coventry, England|
|Win||5–2||Andy Walker||TKO (punches)||CWFC: Quest 1||8 April 2005||1||3:26||Yorkshire, England|
|Win||4–2||Lee Doski||Submission (injury)||Fight Club UK 1||29 January 2005||2||N/A||Sheffield, England|
|Win||3–2||Aaron Barrow||KO (head kick and punches)||Cage Warriors 9: Xtreme Xmas||18 December 2004||1||0:13||Sheffield, England|
|Loss||2–2||Pat Healy||Submission (guillotine choke)||Absolute Fighting Championships 10||30 October 2004||1||3:50||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||2–1||Andy Melia||Submission (punches)||Cage Warriors 8: Brutal Force||18 September 2004||2||3:55||Sheffield, England|
|Win||1–1||Paul Jenkins||Decision (majority)||Full Contact Fight Night 2||14 August 2004||3||5:00||Portsmouth, England|
|Loss||0–1||Lee Doski||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Extreme Brawl 7||6 June 2004||2||4:59||Bracknell, England|
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