Dan Hardy's presence at Tristar gym is starting to become a recurring theme.
Hardy, who fought St. Pierre at UFC 111 and Condit at UFC 120, is currently training at Tristar gym in Montreal helping GSP ready for his long-awaited return to the Octagon at UFC 154 on Nov. 17.
Apparently Hardy's presence is more helpful than being just another body for GSP to train with. According to Tristar head coach Firas Zahabi (via FUEL TV's Training Day: Inside Tristar Gym Live), the Brit has been critical to St. Pierre's preparation.
"He's a special guest this week to spar with Georges. He fought Condit. When he was fighting Condit, it was neck-and-neck. Yes, he got stopped by Condit, but I think it was one inch away from being the other way around. It was very close -- extremely close fight -- and I think he's a very good look for us to see what it's going to like when Georges fights Condit. We click. He's a great guy. We get along very well personally."
When Hardy met Condit over two years ago, the Brit was knocked out cold in a mere four minutes and 27 seconds. Since then, Hardy has had his ups and downs, but with Zahabi's support, perhaps a permanent move to Montreal is in order.
Despite the lack of cage time with Condit, bringing Hardy in is a wise decision by Zahabi. Hardy's purpose at Tristar is clearly not for wrestling or jiu-jitsu purposes; it is for striking, which was competitive with Condit up until the fight-ending knockout.
Is the move to bring Hardy in as a sparring partner going to make a difference in the fight? Is one week of training with Hardy long enough for St-Pierre to truly benefit?
And as for Hardy, would training at Tristar full-time be a good move considering Zahabi's praise?
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