Dan Hardy will get another fight in the UFC despite having lost his previous four fights in a row, and it’ll come against Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig at UFC 146 on May 26th.
Hardy’s last submission loss to Chris Lytle back in August of last year had been expected to mark the end of his time in the promotion, but UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta stepped in and insisted on Twitter that he would keep ‘The Outlaw’ in the promotion as he liked “guys who WAR.”
The UK fighter revealed that he wanted to take some time out as he felt he’d been on a rollercoaster during his time in the UFC, reaching the heights of a title fight with Georges St.Pierre before his rapid descent, all without having had much in the way of opportunity to develop as a fighter.
Apparently now rejuvinated, Hardy has been pushing for a fight with UFC legend Matt Hughes since the turn of the year, but instead the promotion have come up with Ludwig as an opponent, and it is a good one for him.
Like Hardy, Ludwig likes to stand and trade blows so he’ll not have to worry about his wrestling which has always by his own admission been his biggest weakness.
As for ‘Bang’ Ludwig, he’s also had a patchy run in the UFC, going 2-3 overall in his latest stint in the organization and is also coming off a submission loss to Josh Neer so the chance to trade leather with the Brit will also be appealing to him.
The fight has a decent chance of featuring on the main card of the Las Vegas event which will be headlined by a major heavyweight title fight between Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem.