Dan Hardy’s never been one to be short of something to say about his upcoming opponents, and ahead of his next fight at UFC 120 he’s been taking it a step further and trash-talking about Carlos Condit and his coach Greg Jackson.
Jackson is of course a world renowned trainer who’s worked with some of the world’s best fighter’s, but there is a school of thought that his influence on some of his charges, like Georges St.Pierre and Rashad Evans for instance, has appeared to curb their offensive instincts in favor of a more cautious strategy.
Apparently that’s not a style that Hardy is keen on – particularly after having spent five rounds being outgrappled on the mat by GSP back at UFC 111.
“It’s going to be interesting to see if Greg Jackson’s managed to neutered [Condit] and given him a safety-first gameplan,” Hardy says of his opponent’s recent move to train under the highly regarded coach in a pre-fight interview with MMAfighting’s Ariel Helwani.
“They know the judging criteria and they kind of play to it. My focus in a fight is to try and get my opponent out of there as fast as I can. I tend to find that Greg Jackson’s guys tend to take the safe route, you know. They’re more interested in the win bonus than the knockout bonus.”
Despite Hardy’s pot-shots at the fighter and his camp it seems that Condit is not rising to the bait, but that doesn’t concern the UK fighter.
“I don’t really say those things for him, they’re more to entertain myself so I dunno. Whether I got under his skin or not I’m not really too concerned. My only concern is that he gets on the plane so he’s hear to hit on Saturday night.”
Despite his concerns over his opponent’s gameplan on the night, Hardy envisages himself ending the fight inside the distance.
“I’m going to take him down and choke him out in the second round,” he says matter-of-factly.
Watch Hardy’s full interview below.