Dan Hardy: I would love to trade punches with Nick Diaz

Dan Hardy wants to trade punches with Nick Diaz. Who falls down first? Photo via Sherdog.com.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight Dan Hardy is hoping to snap a four-fight losing streak when he takes on Duane Ludwig at the upcoming UFC 146 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for May 26, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

After that?

Well, aside from trying to goad Matt Hughes into a 170-pound death match, it sounds like he'd love to be the guy that welcomes Nick Diaz back into the Octagon, assuming the Stockton slugger un-retires later this year.

"I think he's an entertaining fighter, I enjoyed his fight (against Carlos Condit). Personally, I thought he won it as well. It's a shame some people are gonna look down on him because of that (failed) drug test. I would love to fight him, I'm a huge fan of his. He's a very entertaining guy and he comes to fight. Nobody really does that anymore and I respect that. By all means I would trade some punches with him."

Hardy (via Fight Hub TV) breaks down a fight against Diaz and defends the use of medical marijuana after the jump.

More on Hardy's upcoming fight against Ludwig here.

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