At UFC 120 on October 16th Dan Hardy will look to get back to winning ways in front of his home fans at the O2 Arena in London against Carlos Condit.
In a new interview with BJPenn.com Hardy reveals that it was Condit who asked for the fight.
“I’m not surprised that he agreed to fight me; I’m surprised that he asked to fight me. I think that was very foolish of him,” says Hardy.
“He’s not looked particularly dangerous in either of those [Jake Ellenberger and Rory MacDonald] fights. I just think it’s a foolish thing for him to do to call me out. He’s obviously determined to get to a title shot and he thinks that I’m the right person to go through to get there so it’s going to be an interesting one for him.”
Despite clearly feeling that Condit has bitten off more than he can chew in this match-up, Hardy does however have respect for the former WEC’s champion.
“I think he’s a gamer; I think he’s tough. I enjoyed watching his fights in the WEC. Obviously, I’ve been keeping an eye on him since he came to the UFC. Just watching his fights, paying attention, making sure I’m aware of who’s in the division. He’s had a couple of tough fights but you know, he’s shown a lot of heart.”
‘The Outlaw’ also feels Condit’s fighting style will make for an exciting fight.
“I think he’s a good opponent. He comes to finish and that’s what I want. He’s not gonna be the kind of guy that’s gonna try and grind out a decision; he wants to either get a submission or a stoppage. Perfect opponent for me because we can have a tear-up and entertain the fans.”
Check out Hardy’s full interview below.