Dan Hardy is not a fan of boring fights. He criticized wrestlers last month for using their strengths to win decisions rather than fighting for finishes, but it’s not just wrestlers content with controlling fights he has a problem with. It’s anyone who refuses to engage and avoid the fight as he tells The Telegraph (via CP).
“It was quite broad, the opinion that I was giving. It wasn’t necessarily aimed at wrestler as such. It was aimed at people coming into a fight and avoiding the fight. The same could be said of strikers at times. My first fight in the UFC was very frustrating. I fought Akihiro Gono at UFC 89 and for 15 minutes I chased him around the Octagon. There wasn’t really any engagement from him at all … We’ve seen a trend recently of wrestlers not avoiding the fight but not coming to finish their opponents. They’re using their wrestling to control the fight rather than (do) damage.”
“Wrestlers recently have been using their wrestling to just avoid losing,” Hardy continues. “Now obviously the rules are more well established and the judging is more well established. People know the judging criteria and they can kind of play to it. Clinging on to someone’s legs or taking them down and burying your face in their bellybutton for 15 minutes, to me, isn’t winning a fight, you know what I mean? You’re making no effort to get your opponent out of there before the final bell. That’s really my issue.”
This weekend Hardy takes on Carlos Condit at UFC 120, and while Condit has proved to be anything but “boring,” Hardy is concerned Greg Jackson’s style of training and gameplanning could turn their fight into just that.
“My biggest concern is that he’ll fight a Greg Jackson style fight and run away for 15 minutes,” Hardy said in a live chat with MMAFighting.com readers. “It’s not that I don’t like Greg Jackson’s style but I don’t like fighting guys he trains because they always take the safest route and that gets boring, they want to send it to the judges and that gets boring after a while.”
Maybe Hardy’s right about some Jackson-trained fighters taking the safest path to victory, but that doesn’t mean Condit will follow suit. His two fights in 2009 may have gone to a decision but he’s more known for going to war than going to the judges’ scorecards. In fact, only three of his 30 professional fights have gone the distance. One glance at Condit’s record is all it takes to see he is a finisher. Condit knows that, which is why he doesn’t listen to Hardy’s trash talk. He wants to finish the fight just like Hardy does.
“The dude just talks and talks and talks,” Condit said. “I went on YouTube to look up some of his old fights and the only thing I could find is this dude running his mouth. I’m not paying too much attention to it. No matter what he says, I get to get in there and get a chance to get my revenge. … He’s definitely that sort of fighter – he’s trying to get in my head. I’ve fought guys that would destroy Dan Hardy. I’ve beat guys who would destroy Dan Hardy. I’m not really paying too much mind to all the trash talking.”
“I’m not the biggest, most muscled-up, meanest-looking dude, so a lot of people underestimate me. It’s just motivation. I love proving doubters wrong, and I intend to do it this weekend. I anticipate a war. I know Dan Hardy’s a helluva fighter. He’s got great standup, and he likes to put on a show, likes to finish guys. That’s what I like to do, also. I’m not going to make any predictions, but I like my chances and I’m going to have my hand raised at the end of the night.”
Dan Hardy may be concerned, but I’m not. I’m expecting a war between these two on Saturday night.