When Dan Hardy learned of Jon Fitch's release from his contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), he quickly came to the defense of the longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran, saying he would have "cut himself long before Fitch."
The British banger, who says only Jon and the promotion know exactly what went down when the two parted ways, says he is a fan of the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) - trained fighter and has learned a lot by watching the former No. 1 welterweight contender perform; unlike watching other fighters who are now just showing up to get a paycheck.
"The Outlaw," who maintained his spot on the UFC's roster after a four-fight skid because "he's a guy that likes to "war," according to company owner Lorenzo Fertitta, talked to Pro MMA Now about the "disappointment" he feels when he sees fighters just showing up to get paid, leaving him and fight fans unsatisfied.
"I know the UFC are getting rid of a bunch of guys, and I know that they are disappointed with the way that people are stepping into the Octagon. Maybe it's just a shake-up, maybe they are just trying to show people that we are in the entertainment industry as well as a professional sport. When people pay a lot of money for a ticket they want to see a performance, and some people are coming to get a paycheck and it's kinda disappointing."
Though some fans have criticized Fitch's fighting style in the past, the fact remains the former leader of the Purdue University wrestling team only lost three fights during the eight years he fought inside the Octagon.
It wasn't enough to save his spot on the roster, though, because according to UFC President Dana White, the services of a star like Fitch don't come cheap, especially if he is on the "downside" of his fighting career.
White went on to say fans don't want to spend their hard-earned money and buy pay-per-views (PPV) to see someone "lay on a guy for three rounds."
With Hardy being a predominately stand-up fighter, he will likely remain on the UFC's roster, win, lose or draw, because according to the Las Vegas fight boss, he is a guy that "brings it," night in and night out.