Dan Hardy has seen better days inside the Octagon.
After starting his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career with four straight victories and earning a shot at the welterweight title against Georges St. Pierre, "The Outlaw" has dropped four consecutive bouts, including his title match against "Rush" at UFC 111: "St-Pierre vs. Hardy" back in early 2010.
The loss to St. Pierre kick-started the downward spiral for Hardy, who was one of the hottest up-and-coming prospects at the time. His woes continued with consecutive losses to Carlos Condit, Anthony Johnson and Chris Lytle.
Why is he still with the promotion after dropping four in a row, you might ask?
It could be that Dan, along with Michael Bisping, is one of the more popular fighters from the United Kingdom (UK) and could sway the English fan base in efforts to help the UFC become a mainstay across the pond.
Along with being a fan favorite due to his preference to stand-and-bang, coupled with his charismatic personality, the Mohawk-wearing fighter also seems to have a huge fan in high places.
Zuffa front office high, to be exact.
"Will not cut @danhardymma I like guys that WAR!!!"
Having been given a new life within the promotion; Hardy knows all too well that another loss could spell disaster for his future with the UFC and as he tells ESPN.com, he is doing everything he can to avoid that by revamping his current training staff.
Check it out:
"Roy Nelson is a great training partner and great guy, but he's not really the right man for me to be working with. He doesn't move like a welterweight and he's a lot stronger, so picking his brains was great, but hands-on he wasn't quite right for me. I've got a new boxing coach, a new wrestling coach, a new jiu-jitsu coach... I've sorted out everything. Being properly set up in Vegas, you don't have to travel far for world class training partners, and I've worked with Frank Mir, Georges St-Pierre, Vitor Belfort. I spent some time with Georges helping him to prepare for Carlos Condit [before his injury], giving him a look similar to what Condit would have given him. I had a great spell with him and his coaches, Firas Zahabi and John Danaher, I went to his wrestling class and it was interesting to see the things I should change in my own training camp."
Originally a member of the England-based mixed martial arts (MMA) training squad "Team Rough House," Hardy made his way stateside to train with UFC heavyweight contender Roy Nelson for his bout against Chris Lytle, but apparently, things were just not working out.
While Hardy has no opponent lined up at the moment, aligning himself with heavy hitters such as Vitor Belfort, Frank Mir and Georges St. Pierre can only mean good things for the overall development of the British brawler.
Perhaps a match-up against former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes could be in the cards down the road, seeing as how "The Outlaw" just flat out does not like the UFC Hall of Famer and his choice in extracurricular activities.
What's your take Maniacs, is Hardy making all the right moves to insure he secures a win his next time out? Or is walking the Vegas strip like Caine from Kung Fu going to get his fight career canceled?