Dan Hardy may be on a four fight losing streak, becoming one of the few men in UFC history to remain on the roster despite such a skid, but that isn't stopping him from still talking about wanting fights with the power players in his division. Hardy, who is expected to fight Duane Ludwig at UFC 146 on May 26, would "love to trade some punches" with Nick Diaz.
Or at least that's what he told our good friends at Fight Hub TV in a recent interview.
Here's the video:
On if he'd be interested in fighting Diaz should Diaz not "retire":
I would love to fight him, I'm a huge fan of his. He's a very entertaining guy and he comes to fight and nobody really does that anymore. I respect that and by all means I would trade some punches with him.
Anyone who knows me knows I get very frustrated by the idea that "nobody comes to fight anymore." We're at the highest point in the sport's history as far as application of various techniques, better athletes and the finish rate is staying consistent.
This idea that nobody comes to fight seems to mainly come from guys who lost their last fight (or last four in this case). In a world where we're getting fights like Sanchez vs. Ellenberger, Alves vs. Kampmann, Johnson vs. McCall, Edgar vs. Henderson and many more great bouts just over the last three events, I do find it kind of difficult to back up the idea that no one "brings it" anymore.
But that's a rant for another day.
Also in the interview, Hardy was asked if he thought that Nick's marijuana usage was deserving of punishment and, while he initially said that it isn't a performance enhancing drug and just a personal choice, he did say that there were some professionalism issues with the situation:
It does [show a lack of professionalism], you can't deny that. He knows the rules, he knows if you fail that, it's going to be made public. People are going to be aware of it. But you know, missing weight is not professional, not showing up to press conferences is unprofessional. A lot of people are unprofessional a lot of the time throughout their career. I don't think that should be penalized any more than missing weight and that's a big deal.