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Dan Hardy competes for the pure 'love' of fighting, not money

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Dan Hardy looks to impress his hometown crowd of Nottingham, England as he takes on Amir Sadollah at UFC on Fuel TV 5 on Sept. 29, 2012.

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Losing four fights in a row can take a toll on anybody's resolve, especially if it means you can lose your job at any given moment.

For Dan Hardy, the 17-month stretch in which he lost to Georges St. Pierre, Carlos Condit, Anthony Johnson and Chris Lytle had him hanging on to his spot on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster by a very, very thin thread.

"The Outlaw" put a halt to his skid at UFC 146 this past Memorial Day Weekend by returning to his head-hunting ways, knocking out Duane Ludwig in the opening frame of their welterweight clash.

With a new sense of relief, to go along with his neverending confidence, Hardy tells MMA Weekly he will now focus his attention on Amir Sadollah, as he returns to his hometown of Nottingham, England this weekend (Sept. 29, 2012) at UFC on Fuel TV 5.

"It's essential, especially with it being in Nottingham. There have been a lot of fans waiting for me to come back to the U.K. and fight in front of my hometown crowd, and it's just not been feasible recently. I have a lot of people that have been waiting a long time that maybe can't travel to Vegas to watch my last fight, and I've got to go back and give those fans the show that they deserve for the support that they've given me."

When Hardy entered the UFC, he was considered one of the most exciting prospects at 170 pounds. With his preference to stand-and-bang, Hardy reeled off four straight wins en route to his first and only shot at the welterweight title.

Driven by the pure love of the sport and joy for fighting, as opposed for competing for the sole purpose of a paycheck, Hardy says that mentality hasn't changed, and he plans to show it each time he steps inside the Octagon:

"I'm doing this sport for no other reason than I love it and that's really the bottom line for me. If I was looking to make a load of money, I would be a boxer. Obviously, now we're seeing Jon Jones picking up Nike sponsorships, there's money to be made now, but when I got into it, it was because I loved the sport. Nothing's changed. I want to get in there and fight guys. I'm a fighter and I come to fight, and I think as long as you show up with that mentality, the fight is going to be exciting because you're trying to beat the guy up."

Sadollah, winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7, returned to the win column himself in May, defeating Jorge Lopez at UFC on Fuel TV: "Korean Zombie vs. Poirier." Before that, Amir fell short to the aforementioned Ludwig .

With both men eager to begin a new win streak, the stand-up specialists are sure to put on a show for the rabid British fans who haven't had a live UFC event in quite some time.

Who do you think will come out on top and make it two straight wins inside the Octagon?