The Road to the Top Begins Here for Dan Hardy
Born on May 17, 1982, Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy may be the future of the welterweight division and he will have the opportunity to prove that against Marcus Davis at UFC 99 in Germany.
Hardy began martial arts at a very young age training in Tae Kwon Do at the tender age of six and then switching to Thai boxing. Being involved with martial arts at a young age, Dan never really thought of becoming a professional fighter until a career changing trip to China in 2002.
In China, he had the chance to train with the legendary Shaolin Monks. When he returned to his hometown of England, he knew he wanted to become a fighter. He began fighting in small shows until making his professional debut in 2004.
He trains at Rough House Gym with current finalist from The Ultimate Fighter season nine Andre Winner. Hardy has also spent time training at XTreme Couture. Dan Hardy is mainly known for his heavy hands and KO power, but he is also a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt under Eddie Bravo.
After making a strong impact in the UK, Hardy was offered a contract with the UFC and made his debut at UFC 89 against Akihiro Gono. The fight was really close, but Hardy was able to pull off the split decision victory over Gono.
His second fight was at UFC 95 against the tough Rory Markham. "The Outlaw" proved he was for real when he knocked out Markham only 1:09 into the fight.
After the win, the rivalry between Dan Hardy and Marcus Davis began shortly after. Hardy began insulting Davis about his Irish heritage calling him a fake Irishman. The rivalry only intensified with time and now both men will collide at UFC 99 in arguably the most anticipated fight of the card.
Hardy is on a five fight win streak and it's important to mention that those last five fights all took place in England. For the first time since Dec. 8, 2007, Dan Hardy will fight out of his hometown of England to fight in Germany.
The war of words between the two fighters should give for an explosive fight with an unpredictable outcome. With a win over Davis, Hardy would definitely make a bigger impact then he's already done and it could be his golden ticket to the top of the welterweight division.
Whatever the outcome at UFC 99, I'm certain Dan Hardy's name will be on everybody's lips for years to come...expect fireworks from Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy.