May 26, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Dan Hardy walks out of the ring after his fight against Duane Ludwig during the UFC 146 at the MGM Grand Garden event center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
"I was watching the previews for the new Ultimate Fighter, and after watching that preview, I would like to go on that show and be a coach, just to try and save the sport from that show. I love the UFC and I love mixed martial arts, and martial arts in general, but that show is killing us. They fill a house with a bunch of guys that act like jackasses, and expect them to come out as mixed martial artists on the other end. This is your six weeks to create a filter that everyone will look through for when they meet you in the future. If you're smashing things into the kitchen wall and yelling at people and throwing beds into the pool, every time somebody meets you, regardless of how much time has passed, they're going to look at you through that filter of that douchebag that they saw on that TV show. The problem is that people are watching this and thinking that's the UFC, and that's not the UFC. That's not me. I'm not like that. That is as far away from me as could possibly be, and I hate that I am connected to that by default through the sport. It's not an accurate representation of the sport. I know hundreds of fighters all around the world that are sensible and disciplined and professional. They conduct themselves well, and converse well. Then, you've got these kids on the show, acting like lunatics, and making us all look bad, because that is a lot of people's first contact with the sport. Even if I were to get on that show and spend six weeks trying to convert these kids, and it not work, at least people will be able to tune in and watch the show and know what a professional mixed martial artist is like, and that he's trying to educate these kids and turn them into pros, as well. I would love to coach TUF, just to make a last stand for the reputation of MMA."
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender, Dan Hardy, is making one last stand for the real mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters who carry themselves like professionals and not like the "jackasses" on each season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). In fact, "The Outlaw" tells Bloody Elbow he's ready to make good on his word if he's asked to coach a future season, so he can help convert some of these "douchebags" -- and if not -- at least set a shining example as to what an MMA fighter should aspire to be. Anyone think Shane Carwin or Roy Nelson can take care of that for him on season 16? Or are they part of the problem and not part of the solution?