When you used to see the name Dan Hardy slated for a UFC event, “The Outlaw” would normally be situated on the main card. Hardy has even been in the main event on more than one occasion.

However, when Hardy enters the Octagon on May 26 at UFC 146: Dos Santos vs. Overeem, Hardy will be on the prelims to meet Duane Ludwig.

Riding a four-fight losing skid, Hardy knows he is in a do-or-die situation after being granted an extension by UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. That’s why the Brit has remained in the U.S. to train who he refers to as the “Sin City Cartel,” in a recent interview on MMA Junkie Radio.

With the cartels, they come together to agree to profits to try to keep the market where it is. We’re doing the same with the level of competition in the UFC. That’s the plan. We’re going to raise the competition so everybody has go to raise to what we’re doing.

As for getting back into the spotlight, Hardy feels like this prelim fight is exactly what he needs to right the ship.

There is a little less attention on me, so I can focus a little better. It was kind of a real quick rise up to the main card, but I’m the warm-up act on this one.

Hardy once contended for the UFC welterweight title against Georges St-Pierre after winning his first four UFC fights. So, the idea that Hardy isn’t good enough to compete inside the Octagon makes no sense. But, he’ll need to be at his best to take care of Ludwig, a very dangerous fighter in his own regard.

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