What's the secret to losing four straight fights and not losing your job?
If you're Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Dan Hardy, it's training with ZUFFA co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta. The Brit has whisked himself away to a secret gym, dubbed "The Batcave," to train with "The Beast" and get ready for his fight against Duane Ludwig at the upcoming UFC 146 event on May 26, 2012, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Hardy, who managed to fight his way into a 170-pound title bout against division champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 111 back in March 2010, failed to recover from that unanimous decision loss and went on to drop his following three contests, including a submission defeat to longtime veteran Chris Lytle last August.
Following the loss, fans expected "The Outlaw" to leave town for good; however, Fertitta declared that Hardy was here to stay and would live to see another day inside the Octagon.
After the jump, Stephie "Crooklyn" Daniels gets Hardy to give up the goods on the real life "Batman."
"I train with Frank Mir and his guys at Suffer. It's a small gym with a great group of guys. I also train at Robert Drysdale's gym and work with his guys. The last one is the secret gym up at Redrock. We call it the Batcave. This morning it was myself, Frank Mir, Forrest Griffin, and Lorenzo Fertitta. The guy is a beast. I say this in all honesty. If there was a real life Batman, Lorenzo Fertitta is that guy. He's got everything that Batman has. If we ever had a masked avenger running around Vegas, I'd put money on it being Lorenzo. He's in the gym all the time, and he's in great shape. He's lifting every day, he's hitting pads. I tell you what, I'm glad he's not in my weight class."
Ludwig was able to get himself recognized as the record holder for fastest knockout in the UFC. Unfortunately the accolades did him little good against Josh Neer, who choked him out at UFC on FX earlier this year.
Anyone think Hardy can turn his career around and work his way back up the 170-pound ladder? Or will he go out with a "Bang?"
More on their welterweight match-up right here.