Another defeat for Notts UFC fighter Hardy

Liberty Gym, Gedling Street, Nottingham.'UFC Fighter Dan Hardy training session before his fight against Mike Swick at UFC 105.'Picture: Dan Hardy with his Muay Thai boxing coach Steve Papp.
Liberty Gym, Gedling Street, Nottingham.'UFC Fighter Dan Hardy training session before his fight against Mike Swick at UFC 105.'Picture: Dan Hardy with his Muay Thai boxing coach Steve Papp.

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.