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Dan Hardy: If Matt Serra can beat Georges St. Pierre, so can I




"To be honest, that’s not something I am too concerned with, as strange as it sounds. I’ve accepted that, at some point, he’s going to take me down. I’ve accepted that I’m going to be fighting off my back for some of the fight and I’m just going to work to get back to my feet and do what damage I can from my back. I don’t want it to become too much of an issue -- defending the takedown -- because I won’t throw like I do against anybody else. I don’t want to be holding back on any of my kicks and punches because, at the end of the day, that’s what is going to win me the fight. My intention is to go in there, throw hard, just like Matt Serra did, but obviously a little more technical -- I’m a little quicker and more technical. I’ve got reach and weight on Matt Serra, so I can do exactly what he did but a lot better."

Number one welterweight contender Dan Hardy joins a long list of former challengers who also believed they had what it takes to dethrone reigning UFC 170-pound champion Georges St. Pierre. "The Outlaw" is fresh of a unanimous decision victory over fellow surging welterweight Mike Swick at last month's UFC 105: "Couture vs. Vera" event in Manchester. Does Hardy, who only has one finish in four Octagon appearances, have the skill set to beat "Rush?" Or does he simply need a full gas tank and a well-placed bomb? Opinions please.

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