UFC 120: Is Dan Hardy a stepping stone -- or a scary mofo?

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"[Carlos Condit] admits this is the biggest fight of his UFC career and he wants to use me as a stepping stone to a shot at UFC champ Georges St-Pierre. That’s not happening. I want to send a message out that I’m back and I’m better than ever, and I’m still a legitimate contender for the belt. I think there were a lot of hopes riding on me for the last fight, with me being the first UK fighter to contend for the belt, and obviously I fell short, and I think a lot of fans were disappointed with that. So as a way of apologizing to the fans for my last performance, I want to put on a show and give them their money’s worth, and at the same time scare the hell out of the rest of the division and let them know that nobody’s safe."

"The Outlaw" is just hours away from his pivotal welterweight showdown with Carlos Condit at UFC 120, which will go down from the O2 Arena in London, England, tonight (Oct. 16) on Spike TV. Hardy wants to prove his loss to division champion Georges St. Pierre was the exception and not the rule, and believes a convincing performance over "The Natural Born Killer" will vault him back into the top of the 170-pound contender list. But even if the Brit is successful at home, does he still have to prove he can hang with a top wrestler? Or will they be too "scared" to even challenge him?

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