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Former Welterweight title challenger and current UFC commentator Dan Hardy is technically riding a two-fight win streak right now. Unfortunately, both of those victories came way back in 2012. Since then, Hardy has been forced into a state of retirement from a rare “Wolf Heart” condition that kicked him out of UFC on FOX 7.
Though Hardy remains afflicted by the condition, a couple years ago he announced an interest in returning anyway, likely in the Lightweight division. Hardy has hinted at a return since, but now “The Outlaw” is naming potential opponents.
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“First and foremost, I’m an analyst now. I’m a commentator, so I don’t want to fight someone that’s on a trajectory to a title shot. Because, I’m not interested in stepping in there and upsetting any kind of rankings, involving myself in those conversations. The people I’ve had conversations about fighting, obviously “Cowboy” is near the top of the list, cause he’d be a great pick. Anthony Pettis, that’s a fight I’ve discussed with Felder, he’s discussed with Anthony. That’s a fight we’d both like to happen.”
It’s good to hear that Hardy isn’t envisioning any title run, but the Englishman is still aiming fairly high for an eight-year comeback bout! Both Donald Cerrone and Pettis have struggled recently, but both also have scored big wins in the not so distant past as well. Last year, Cerrone climbed into the Lightweight top five and Pettis knocked out Stephen Thompson — those are not easy fights.
They would, however, draw a fair amount of attention. If Hardy does make his return in 2020, who should he face?
What could be in just a few weeks ...
All the UFC 249 chaos has created some really bizarre reactions online. Frankly, Twitter is especially miserable right now, swamped with the proudly stupid and annoyingly self-righteous.
Here’s an example: Iridium Sports CEO Jason House directs his ire at MMA Media for failing to be “positive” ... which is not exactly the goal of journalism.
To all of the MMA Media that has been so negative towards the UFC and their business decisions, critiquing from the sidelines is pathetic. If you don’t have anything positive to say now, then don’t bother contacting us for interviews later.— Jason House (@JasonKHouse) April 10, 2020
Yet, I can also easily understand why some find certain writers insufferable.
Here’s a breakdown of recent submissions in UFC — rear naked choke is king!
Happy National Siblings Day with a bunch of killer MMA duos!
Gilbert Burns takes another shot at Tyron Woodley:
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Martin Kampmann participated in some pretty incredible scraps over his UFC career. Super nice guy!
Martin Kampmann vs. Drew McFedries pic.twitter.com/6AfiL9bsrM— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 7, 2020
Valentina Shevchenko’s combat sports background is pretty wild. She’s been fighting for so long — it definitely helps explain how she’s so precise in the Octagon.
Valentina Shevchenko at 14 years old fighting a 25 year old pic.twitter.com/55R6fAv669— Connoisseur of Combat (@ConOfCombat) April 7, 2020
One of the many legendary Nogueira comeback wins! Also, Tim Sylvia is laughed off too much, he was dangerous in his day.
Minotauro Nogueira vs. Tim Sylvia pic.twitter.com/JJ5wFeXd19— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 10, 2020
The closest any of us are likely to come to flying in the next couple months.
Midnight Music: I listened to Rain Dogs tonight, an album I’ve posted a track from before and will probably do so again in the future — one of the greats.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.