UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre brought in Dan Hardy for several training sessions. GSP has also been inside the Octagon with Hardy, earning a decision victory over “The Outlaw.”
That loss to St-Pierre began a slide that many felt would lead to Hardy’s exit from the UFC.
However, due to his willingness to always stand and trade punches with his opponent, Hardy was given another chance. He knocked out Duane Ludwig earlier this year, and is now signed to fight in his native country of England against Amir Sadollah before 2011 is over.
“Dan can come back and be a champion in the future,” said St-Pierre, during a recent interview with ESPN. “He has been underrated by a lot of guys.”
Hardy had lost four consecutive fights before stopping Ludwig. GSP added, “I’ve trained with him and he is very, very good.”
Hardy will compete at UFC on FUEL TV 5 on September 29 against Sadollah.
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