“I’ve mentioned Matt Hughes to Lorenzo [Fertitta]. He’s been on a rough streak as well recently, he’ll look at me and see I’ve lost four fights and think he can outwrestle me… I also genuinely don’t like him. I need a fight to get up for and I’d take great pleasure in smashing him in the face. I won’t talk about why I don’t like him, it’s some knowledge I have about him away from the sport. Even students around where he lives bet against him… Lorenzo would love to see it; more than anything he just likes a good fight! That’s why I’ve not been cut yet because I come to fight. I think Matt Hughes would be an entertaining fight. Mind you at the same time, I don’t want somebody who’s on their way out of the sport. I don’t want to go calling out Royce Gracie! I would want Hughes to come to win.”
— Dan Hardy telling ESPN he wants to fight Matt Hughes next
There probably isn’t anybody in the UFC that needs a win more than Dan Hardy, so it’s not surprising to see him call out a past-his-prime Matt Hughes who’s been knocked out in his past two fights. It’s the type of win Hardy needs right now and one he is certainly capable of getting in spectacular fashion, but it could also backfire on him given Hughes’ wrestling pedigree, which just happens to be Hardy’s glaring weakness.
What do you think? Good fight for Hardy? Or be careful what you wish for?
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