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Hardy reveals work with GSP & Mir on comeback trail

ESPN staff
January 9, 2012
Dan Hardy's ground game has undergone a serious overhaul during his time away from the Octagon © Getty Images

Dan Hardy has shed light on the work he has been doing in order to revamp his UFC career, revealing he has been working with some of the sport's best grapplers during his time away from the Octagon.

Hardy is bidding to halt a four-fight slide that began when he failed in a welterweight title showdown against Georges St-Pierre. Subsequent defeats to Carlos Condit, Anthony Johnson and Chris Lytle followed, highlighting holes in Hardy's wrestling along the way.

The Brit's response has been to lock himself in the gym, working with the likes of St-Pierre and Frank Mir to enable himself to return as a fighter reborn later this year.

Hardy had previously been working with Roy Nelson, with whom he remains in contact, but he confessed he needed to look elsewhere for training partners closer to his own weight. The Outlaw has already revealed he would love his comeback fight to be against Matt Hughes, and Hardy is confident his new setup in Las Vegas will see him reach a new level in MMA.

"Roy Nelson is a great training partner and great guy, but he's not really the right man for me to be working with," Hardy told ESPN. "He doesn't move like a welterweight and he's a lot stronger, so picking his brains was great, but hands-on he wasn't quite right for me.

"I've got a new boxing coach, a new wrestling coach, a new jiu-jitsu coach... I've sorted out everything. Being properly set up in Vegas, you don't have to travel far for world class training partners, and I've worked with Frank Mir, Georges St-Pierre, Vitor Belfort...

"I spent some time with Georges helping him to prepare for Carlos Condit [before his injury], giving him a look similar to what Condit would have given him. I had a great spell with him and his coaches, Firas [Zahabi] and John Danaher, I went to his wrestling class and it was interesting to see the things I should change in my own training camp."

Hardy hopes to return to the Octagon in May of this year, although the UFC is yet to confirm a date or opponent for the Briton.

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