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Dan Hardy: Georges St. Pierre plays it safe to keep his belt


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"I wouldn't change it for the world. Even the result now. I'm a firm believer in everything happens for a reason and obviously I'm not ready to be the champion just yet. But there are a lot of positives to gain from it. Obviously one of them is the fans are now a little more aware of me and the fans that were aware of me before now, most of them, have a new respect for what I'm willing to do when I'm in there. [St. Pierre] took the win from me but he didn't take the fight from me. I wasn't beaten mentally or physically. I don't know, it must be frustrating for the fans and it's frustrating for me because I know that GSP has the kind of potential to make more of a fight out of it. But he's very good at wrestling and he chooses to stick with the safe option to keep his belt. I mean you can't hold it against him. It's not what I would do in his situation but I'm not in his situation right now, so I can't really make those calls. I certainly don't feel like I'm miles away from winning the belt. I know I've got work to do but I'm confident that it's within my ability to do it and get the belt."

Former UFC welterweight number one contender Dan Hardy insists he's going to learn from his loss to Georges St. Pierre at last months UFC 111 event in Newark, NJ and come back better than ever. "The Outlaw" was dominated for five rounds by "Rush" but contends that he was never beaten mentally despite a couple of tight submission holds. Was Hardy the sentimental winner as a result of his fighting spirit and refusal to quit? Or just another victim who needs to go back to the end of the line?

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