After three consecutive losses inside the Octagon, Dan Hardy knows it's time to do whatever it takes to get back into the win column -- even if it means working on the "boring" aspect of wrestling.
"The Outlaw," widely criticized for his inability to work off his back in previous losses to Georges St. Pierre and Anthony Johnson, recently moved to Las Vegas to train with Roy Nelson for his upcoming fight against Chris Lytle on the UFC on Versus 5 card scheduled for the Bradley Center on Aug. 14 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
And while he's hoping to throw hands with "Lights Out," he knows it could inevitably head south at any time.
That's because Lytle has a history of racking up "Submission of the Night" bonuses, and learning a few tricks of the trade from Nelson's heralded grappling prowess, refined under the watchful eye of Renzo Gracie, could keep the Brit from napping, tapping or snapping.
Here's more from the Nottingham knuckler (via NewsOfTheWorld.co.uk):
"The more losses you string together, the more pressure there is to win a fight. I need this one to get back on track or it is time to step back and completely re-evaluate ... I am resistant to wrestling because it does make for a boring fight if two guys are going to wrestle each other. I have to recognize it is a big part of the game and something I need to work on. People are going to see a difference in this fight if it goes to the ground."
After stringing together four straight wins inside the Octagon, Hardy was upended by division champion Georges St. Pierre in their UFC 111 title fight just over a year ago.
A surprise knockout loss to Carlos Condit would follow at UFC 120 last October and Anthony Johnson continued the downward spiral by taking the slugger down and controlling him for the better part of three rounds at UFC Fight Night 24 back in March.
Hardy knows what he needs to do in order to get himself back into the win column, or to at least keep the fans entertained enough to warrant him sticking around. He needs a gamer who isn't afraid to stand and trade or just flat-out brawl for fifteen minutes straight no matter what the cost.
Paging Mr. Lytle...