Being in the right place at the right time can often play a major factor in getting a title shot in the UFC.
Shogun was the beneficiary of Rampage opting to coach TUF 10 instead of “getting his belt back.” The fans may not have won when the UFC and Fedor Emelianenko failed to come to terms, but Shane Carwin certainly did. And thanks to Mike Swick suffering a minor concussion in training, Martin Kampmann found himself fighting Paul Daley to get back into a number one contenders match instead of fighting in one. He lost, and someone stands to gain from it.
That someone is Dan Hardy.
Fanhouse is reporting that the UFC is putting together a fight between Mike Swick and Dan Hardy to determine the next challenger to Georges St. Pierre’s title.
The UFC is targeting a Mike Swick-Dan Hardy matchup to determine the top contender to Georges St. Pierre’s welterweight championship, company president Dana White confirmed to FanHouse in a text message.
White told FanHouse that the Swick-Hardy matchup is not yet finalized, but expects to make it official shortly. He made no indication as to which event will host the bout, but UFC 105 seems like the logical choice as both Hardy and Swick have recently spent time in training camps.
Hardy was expected to take on Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 105, but that fight is being scrapped.
Hardy currently holds wins over Akihiro Gono, Rory Markham, and Marcus Davis. Would a win over Mike Swick justify a title shot? Eh, not in my eyes, but the timing is on his side.
Someone has to fight GSP next year. Since he’s destroyed everyone else, it might as well be one of these two.
Update: Mike Swick confirms this fight will take place at UFC 105.