Dan Hardy had talked a good fight prior to his meeting with Carlos Condit in the co-main event of UFC 120 and after watching fellow Brits James Wilks and John Hathaway losing before his fight the pressure was on to gain back some national pride in front of the UK fans.
Condit had other ideas though and produced the biggest upset of the night, stunning the packed o2 Arena in the process.
The first round was all stand-up and until the latter stages it was neck and neck with Condit landing with a little more frequency while Hardy appeared to have a little more pep on his leg kicks.
The shocker came in the closing minute though as the two men traded at close range and Condit landed his devastating left hook moments before Hardy and knocked him flat on his back. Follow up punches were unnecessary but certainly finished the job beyond all doubt as the referee rushed in to save the Brit from further punishment.
This was a huge win for Condit, becoming the first man to knockout Hardy, adding a spectacular KO to his highlight reel, and most importantly taking a very significant step up the 170lb ladder.
When he regained his senses Hardy was clearly hugely disappointed. After an impressive start to his UFC career he’s now two fights without a win and this loss shows he can no longer just rely on his striking to get him through in the extremely competitive welterweight division.