- UFC 146
Hardy: I want to beat Ludwig and then learn from him
Dan Hardy finds himself in an odd position this weekend, as he prepares to fight the man with whom he plans to hold future training sessions.
Hardy - who has helped Frank Mir prepare for his battle with Junior Dos Santos in the UFC 146 main event - takes on Duane Ludwig this weekend fighting for his UFC career. Four defeats on the bounce would suggest he cannot afford another, particularly as he is now operating in the prelims.
The Brit's record looks rather less disastrous when the names of his opponents are reeled off: Reigning champion Georges St-Pierre, interim champion Carlos Condit, physical beast Anthony Johnson, and wily veteran Chris Lytle.
Nevertheless, Hardy has changed everything, most notably moving his base out to the States. Given his new home, he admits he would like to work with the man stood opposite him on Saturday.
"He comes to fight every time, he comes ready," Hardy said of Ludwig. "He comes to push the pace, you know he's going to want to get the fight won before the final bell, which you don't always see.
"It's a fun fight, I've always wanted to fight Duane and I've always been a fan of his. I actually want to train with him as well so once I've disposed of him this weekend I might try to get out to train with him.
"He comes to win and so do I."
Addressing the keys to the fight, Hardy hinted he might look to show his new-found quality in other areas than striking - his forte. Stating his belief that he is the more rounded fighter, Hardy claimed he can pick how he wins this weekend.
"I'm more well-rounded, that's the key for me. I move better, I've got a longer reach, I'm the quicker guy, if we get in the clinch I'm a lot stronger than him and if it hits the ground, I've got all sorts of surprises that nobody knows about.
"As long as I don't go in with the mentality of the last fight, which was 'let's throw punches and see who falls over first', I can take the victory however I want."