Dan Hardy knows what it feels like to main event shows in the UFC. “The Outlaw” once fought Georges St. Pierre for the UFC welterweight title. However, that loss was followed by three more and Hardy seemed on his way out the door.

Fortunately for fans of the Brit, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta stepped in and said Hardy would remain in the company thanks to his willingness to come out swinging in every fight. Now, Hardy will get the chance to show Fertitta his faith was justified when he takes on Duane Ludwig at UFC 146 in May.

“There is a little less attention on me, so I can focus a little better,” said Hardy while making a recent stop by MMAJunkie Radio. “It was kind of a real quick rise up to the main card, but I’m the warm-up act on this one.”

After leaving Roy Nelson‘s camp, Hardy decided to make his way around several gyms to better prepare himself for Ludwig. In doing so, Hardy coined his team the “Sin City Cartel”.

“With the cartels, they come together to agree on profits to try to keep the market where it is,” Hardy said. “We’re doing the same with the level of competition in the UFC. That’s the plan. We’re going to raise the competition so everybody has got to raise to what we’re doing.”

Among the names Hardy listed were Alexander Gustafsson, Frank Mir, Robert Drysdale, and Dominick Cruz‘s group who are out in Las Vegas for TUF 15 taping.

UFC 146 goes down Memorial Day Weekend (5/26) and features all heavyweight bouts on the main card including Mir vs. Cain Velasquez and a headlining title-fight between Junior Dos Santos-Alistair Overeem.


MMATraining Take: Hardy has plenty of pressure to show he has improved and can secure a victory when he takes on Ludwig. The Brit, however, seems to have dedicated himself to getting even better, so expect to see Hardy pull out the victory in this one.