There was a time when Dan Hardy was a title contender. Not only that, there were a few fans -- and even some rebel pundits -- who chose him as the man who would finally dethrone Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre.
Instead, he nearly had his arm ripped out of its socket and he was bested in every way imaginable.
That was back in March 2010, three fights ago. It seems more like a lifetime, though, and that's because "The Outlaw" has failed in all three trips to the cage. Sure, he fought tough opponents like Carlos Condit, Anthony Johnson and Chris Lytle. But this is a results driven business.
Winning isn't everything it's the only thing.
Thankfully, there are a number of folks who disagree with that statement, the most important of which is Lorenzo Fertitta, co-owner of the UFC. Fertitta has stood by Hardy and made sure he's kept his job fighting inside the Octagon because he likes guys who "WAR!"
So it's no surprise, then, that Fertitta is the man Hardy reached out to in regards to who he would like to fight next. The name that came up, however, is somewhat of a surprise -- Matt Hughes. But why him? Hardy talks to ESPN:
"I've mentioned Matt Hughes to Lorenzo. He's been on a rough streak as well recently, he'll look at me and see I've lost four fights and think he can outwrestle me. I also genuinely don't like him. I need a fight to get up for and I'd take great pleasure in smashing him in the face. I won't talk about why I don't like him, it's some knowledge I have about him away from the sport. Even students around where he lives bet against him. Lorenzo would love to see it; more than anything he just likes a good fight! That's why I've not been cut yet because I come to fight. I think Matt Hughes would be an entertaining fight."
Seeing the former 170-pound king fall repeatedly to hard enough punches surely has Hardy licking his chops at the prospect of slinging some leather with the "Country Boy" from Illinois.
But is it a fight Hughes would be interested in? After all, he said he just wants to close his career with interesting fights against big name fighters. Does that include Hardy?
Any Maniacs want to see this match-up?