Dan Hardy. From uncagedphotographer on Flickr.
Reigning Cage Warriors welterweight champion Dan Hardy will reportedly make his debut with the Ultimate Fighting Championship at a yet-to-be-announced international event on October 18th in his native country of England.
The news comes from Sherdog.com’s latest “European Throwdown” column.
Hardy, who signed a four-fight deal to fight under the Zuffa banner, has won eight out of his last nine fights, his lone defeat being a disqualification loss to fellow UFC newcomer Yoshiyuki Yoshida last December. Hardy most recently scored a TKO win over Daniel Weichel on May 3rd. The Nottingham native also stopped Chad Reiner with strikes at a Cage Warriors event last month.
“It means everything to finally be at the pinnacle of mixed martial arts,” Hardy said concerning his signing last month. “Even kids who have never taken a martial arts class in their life dream about fighting in the UFC - it is the Premier League of MMA and there was nowhere else I wanted to be. I cannot wait to step into the Octagon and showcase myself on the biggest stage in MMA.”
While potential opponents for Hardy have not yet been revealed, it’s likely that the UFC could consider setting up a rematch between him and Yoshida, who scored his first UFC win by submitting “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Jon Koppenhaver last month.
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