Carlos Condit is intrigued by Dan Hardy's presence as a sparring partner for Georges St. Pierre as the welterweight champion prepares for UFC 154 this weekend (Nov. 17, 2012) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Hardy first appeared at Tristar gym in Montreal in Oct. 2011 to help St. Pierre train for UFC 137, where he supposed to fight Condit. Unfortunately, St. Pierre suffered an injury and the bout was postponed.
Condit was unaware the French-Canadian and the Brit were working together for this fight. And while Hardy may be a talented mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in his own right, Condit is not fazed by any inside knowledge the two may be sharing.
"... Interesting choice, I didn't know that," Condit told MMAmania.com when he was told of the news that "The Outlaw" was training with St. Pierre. "It's interesting. Hey, he's a good kickboxer and a pretty good all around fighter and you know his last couple fights he looked really good."
Condit knocked out Hardy cold at UFC 120 in Oct. 2010. While Zahabi viewed the fight as competitive, the bout only lasted 4.5 minutes, which makes you wonder how much of a beneficiary Hardy will be to St. Pierre.
Just this past weekend, Rich Franklin was competitive with Cung Le in the stand-up at UFC on Fuel TV 6 until he was brutally finished with a perfect right hook. Does that mean Franklin would be a good sparring partner for Le's next opponent? Maybe, but probably not.
It is always good for a fighter like St. Pierre to bring in different looks, but is training with Hardy going to benefit him in the fight? Who knows. Is Condit holding back by calling the choice "interesting?" Or is everyone reading too much into the St.Pierre-Hardy dynamic?
Give us your thoughts, Maniacs!
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for more exclusive Carlos Condit remarks as we build up to UFC 154 this weekend. To check out what the "Natural Born Killer" had to say about a potentially more "aggressive St. Pierre in a discussion yesterday click here.