Paul Daley insists he would never fight Dan Hardy

ESPN staff
April 1, 2011

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Paul Daley has categorically stated that he will not fight Dan Hardy, regardless of whether the British pair find themselves fighting in the same organisation in the future.

Hardy's UFC career is currently on thin ice after he suffered a third straight loss to Anthony Johnson. He will get one more chance, most likely against Chris Lytle, but defeat would raise the serious possibility of Hardy moving across to Strikeforce.

By that time Daley, a Rough House team-mate of Hardy, will hope to be the welterweight champion, after he fights Nick Diaz on April 9.

Such status would create the scenario where the two Brits may be asked to fight, but Daley is adamant he would not share the same cage as his friend.

"I wouldn't fight Dan," Daley told ESPN. "I got Dan his first fight, he'll tell you that, Dan and me are close - we started this whole thing together.

"It's pointless for us to have to fight each other, so no I wouldn't fight Dan, he's a good mate."

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