UFC fighter Dan Hardy challenged champion Georges St. Pierre for his welterweight strap back in March of 2010 at UFC 111. However, he would be soundly beaten by the champ for 25 minutes in that fight. Now, Hardy has joined St. Pierre at his Tristar Gym in Montreal to help him prepare for his upcoming bout against interim champion Carlos Condit at UFC 154 on November 17.
Hardy’s input is particularly valuable since he fought Condit at UFC 120 in October 2010. He lost that fight by knockout; both he and his opponent landed hard left hooks at the same moment, but Condit’s was just a little more accurate. Nonetheless, the fight up until that point was quite even, which means that Hardy can provide a unique perspective on GSP’s matchup with Condit.
The news that Hardy and St. Pierre are now training together might seem odd to MMA fans who remember the constant trash talk from Hardy to GSP before their fight. However, Hardy says he is not the same person now that he was then. During a recent interview with Bloody Elbow, he stated,
“Losing to GSP was the best thing that could have happened to me. If I would have won the belt, I most likely would have turned into some insufferable loud mouth that people wouldn’t have liked. I would rather be liked than be the champion. To be the champion, you have a responsibility, and I wasn’t ready to have that responsibility.
After spending time with GSP, I feel like he is responsible as a champion. He conducts himself well, and he communicates well with people, and he understands the title that he’s got and the position that he has in the sport.”