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Video: Dan Hardy planning lightweight return, aims to teach 'irritating' Diego Sanchez lesson in martial arts

"My natural weight has leveled out to about 178. Even if I go back to fight at welterweight I wouldn't be a great deal bigger than I am now. I think lightweight would be a great challenge for me. I think there are a lot of good fighters at that weight class, a lot of good kick boxers so I could have some good fights. He's always kind of irritated me. I like Diego, I respect him and I forgive him for his strangeness, but in my opinion he's kind of the problem with mixed martial arts. He started off as a really good fighter and he's just slowly gotten worse throughout his career. That is the opposite to how martial artists should develop. He's discarded technique, he's discarded logic and intelligence and he's gone with hard-headedness and blocking punches with his face. That is not a good example for future mixed martial artists. I just feel like, particularly with my fighting style and how it's developing the last couple of years, I think that I could really expose him and hopefully teach him something about the martial arts and where he's gone wrong."

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender, Dan Hardy, has a bee in his bonnet following the regression of lightweight lunatic Diego Sanchez, and hopes that if doctors medically clear him for a 2015 return, he can teach "The Nightmare" a lesson in martial arts. Naturally, that would mean a drop down to the lightweight division, but "The Outlaw" tells MMAnytt (via MMA Fighting) that he has used his time off (due to this rare medical condition) to evolve his overall game, which includes a more natural body weight. How about it, fight fans, is this the kind of 155-pound bangfest that would put asses in seats?

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