It’s been a rough year for Dan Hardy following a promising start to his UFC career in which he strung together a four fight winning run that earned him a title shot.

Things can change quickly though, and after being outwrestled to his third defeat in a row at last night UFC Fight Night 24 the UK fighter’s place in the promotion is now on a shaky peg.

His fight with Anthony Johnson had promised to be an exciting stand-up battle, but in the end ‘Rumble’ flipped the script and exploited Hardy’s biggest weakness by resorting to repeated takedowns and stifling top control.

Both the result and the manner of the defeat have left ‘The Outlaw’ feeling dejected.

“Disappointed and angry, but physically ok. Thanks for the support everyone,” he wrote to his fans on Twitter after the loss.

Dana white’s comments after the fight may lighten his mood a little though, with the UFC president denying that they would now be handing him his walking papers.

“Not necessarily,” White told MMAjunkie.com. “We’ll have to wait and see. I fuck*n’ love that kid.”

It’s a sensible decision to make. Hardy is one of the more charasmatic and interesting fighters in the promotion, and despite not being successful recently he always tries to put on exciting fights and go for the finish, a trait which White has always valued highly.

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