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UFC Quick Quote: Dan Hardy is exactly where he wants to be

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"Being the underdog in this fight is exactly the position I want. I wouldn't have it any other way. When you step into a fight as a favourite, it takes some of the excitement and drama away from it all. It almost takes my interest out of the fight. If I'm looking at moving forward in my career and reaching the top, I'm going to need to be the underdog in a few bouts. That just shows you are taking risks and are prepared to go up against the best fighters in the world. I should always be fighting guys that are considered better than me. The moment you fight guys who are worse than you, you might as well give up. The only time I'll stop being the underdog is when I've got the belt around my waist and have reached the top. Even then, I'll still probably be picked against in fights with guys like Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch. That's just the way the world works. You've got to prove yourself against everybody over a long period. I know this and I'm more than ready to keep proving myself. When people doubt me, it just fuels the fire. I read everything people say about me and about my fights, whether it's on mixed martial arts forums or in magazines or newspapers. When people doubt me it gives me an incentive to fight that bit harder to prove them wrong. I know they'll have to eat their words when my arm is raised at the end of the fight."

-- Number one welterweight contender, Dan Hardy, reveals in his most recent blog for ThisIsNottingham.co.uk that he is completely comfortable playing the role of underdog heading into his showdown with welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 111 on March 27. "The Oulaw" has received considerable guff for being rewarded with a title shot without ever defeating (or even competing against) a consensus top five-ranked fighter in nearly 30 professional fights. Regardless, his four wins inside the Octagon, as well as his body of work prior to joining the promotion, were enough to convince UFC brass that the British striker is ready for the big time. With recent wins over Mike Swick and Marcus Davis -- two fights he was supposed to lose according to the odds makers -- can Hardy pull off another upset over possibly the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world under the lights of the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey? Or will he come back to England (or California) with not only a world title around his waste, but a new nickname, "Captain Underdog," to boot?

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