UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre has been inside the Octagon with Dan Hardy. GSP has also trained with “The Outlaw,” so when he says that Hardy can reach a championship level in the UFC, he’s probably got some knowledge to support the argument.

Despite a recent four-fight win streak that Hardy snapped by knocking out Duane Ludwig, GSP believes the Brit can get back on track and work towards another crack at the belt.

“Dan can come back and be a champion in the future,” said St-Pierre during a recent interview with ESPN. “He has been underrated by a lot of guys.”

GSP and Hardy went the distance a few years ago with St-Pierre scoring the decision victory. That defeat started a four-fight skid that left many to believe Hardy was on his way out of the UFC. However, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta granted Hardy another chance and he delivered. Now, Hardy is set to face Amir Sadollah later this year from his native country of England.

“He’s better than what his last few fights have shown,” St-Pierre explained. “Maybe he lost confidence, but he came back very strong in his last fight. I know how dangerous Dan is because I’ve fought him and I’ve trained with him, and he is very, very good.”


MMATraining Take: Whether Hardy can get back to the champion-level fighter he once was remains unknown, but he has likely granted himself a main card bout against Sadollah. His willingness to stand and trade will always make “The Outlaw” a fan favorite.