After a disappointing 2010 in which he lost to Georges St.Pierre and was then KO’d for the first time in his career against Carlos Condit, welterweight fighter Dan Hardy now faces another challenging fight against Anthony Johnson at UFC Fight Night 24 in March.
See below for the keynotes from a new interview with the Brit conducted by MMAWeekly, as he talks about his last fight, and his forthcoming one.
– Hardy says he got overconfident in his fight with Carlos Condit and paid the price. He adds that he’s very keen to avenge that loss as soon as possible.
– Other opponents Hardy has his eye on for the future include GSP, BJ Penn, Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck.
– As for his upcoming opponent, Hardy admits that it’s hard to assess what Anthony Johnson will be like following a 14 month layoff. He points out that Johnson is very big at the moment and will have to cut a lot of weight which could affect his performance.
‘The Outlaw’ also believes Johnson hasn’t been tested in the stand-up the way that he can, and implies that his own speed advantage could be the key to victory against the heavy-hitter.
– Hardy admits that he likes to brawl, swinging punches and seeing who falls first, but adds that in this fight he has to respect Johnson’s power, and says that he feels he’s more well rounded now and says he’s got a few new tricks up his sleeve.
– The Brit stops short of making a prediction on the fight, other than to say that it will end quickly. He says he’s determined to get back on track in 2011 after a bad 2010, and regain the respect he lost with his back-to-back losses.
Watch the full interview below.