Former UFC welterweight number one contender Dan Hardy (23-7) will return to the Octagon in front of a hometown crowd when he clashes with former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (25-5) at the upcoming UFC 120 event tentatively scheduled for October 16 at the O2 Arena in London, England.
MMAWeekly brought word of the potential match up earlier today.
"The Outlaw" was last seen on the wrong end of a unanimous decision loss against 170-pound division champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 111 back in March. The lopsided defeat to "Rush" was Hardy's first as a UFC employee.
Prior to his title shot the Brit racked up decision wins over Mike Swick, Marcus Davis and Akihiro Gono. His only stoppage inside the Octagon was a first round knockout over Rory Markham at UFC 95 in January 2009.
A convincing win over Condit might get him back into the title hunt just as a loss may send him tumbling back down the welterweight ladder.
"The Natural Born Killer" slayed Rory MacDonald in the third round of their "Fight of the Night" at UFC 115: "Liddell vs. Franklin" when the promotion made its much-anticipated debut in Vancouver.
The June 12 win was Condit's second straight after a razor-thin split decision loss to Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann at "Fight Night 18" in his UFC debut. Whle he's known for his slick submissions, the Albequerque native has also finished 11 opponents by way of (T)KO.
Will Hardy be number 12?
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more updates to the UFC 120 fight card as they become available.