NOTTS mixed martial artist Dan Hardy suffered this third straight defeat in the Ultimate Fighting Championship on Saturday.
Taking on fellow welterweight prospect Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson in a fight night in Seattle’s Key Arena, Hardy dropped a unanimous decision to the American.
Johnson levelled the British fighter with a head kick early in round one, and from there on in it was one-way traffic.
The majority of the action over three rounds was spent on the ground, with Johnson dominating and threatening with submissions.
Team RoughHouse product Hardy, 28, looked for a kimura from the bottom position, but was unable to overpower a bigger opponent.
In the final round the Notts man surprisingly shot in for a takedown, which Johnson defended before going on to win the round.
All three judges scored the fight 30-27 to Johnson, who fights out of San Jose, California.
A disappointed Hardy tweeted after the fight: “Disappointed and angry, but physically ok. Thanks for the support everyone.”
He went on to express his interest in a fight with scrapper Chris Lytle, hoping to bounce back from losses to welterweight champion Georges St Pierre, Carlos Condit and Johnson.
While a three-fight losing streak is usually enough to see a fighter ousted from the UFC ranks, the company’s president Dana White has admitted Hardy may not be cut from the roster.
“We’ll have to wait and see. I love that kid,” he said.