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Dan Hardy Joins UFC Fight Pass As Commentator
LAS VEGAS â€“ Dan â€œThe Outlawâ€ Hardy – the popular and charismatic former UFCÂ® welterweight title contender – will serve as the color commentator for six UFC Fight Night events to be screened exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASSâ„¢, the Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipÂ® organization announced on Friday.
Known for his punching power, punk rock Mohawk hairstyle and quick wit, Hardy remains the only British fighter to ever challenge for a UFC title, losing in a memorably courageous performance to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111 in March 2010.
Hardy has a MMA record of 25-10, 1NC, but is currently off the active roster having been diagnosed with a rare heart condition a year ago. Although Hardy, still only 31, continues to train in MMA he is fully focused on his new position within the UFC.
Hardyâ€™s first assignment at Octagonside will come on March 8, when he will be calling the action at the same O2 Arena in London where he twice competed as a UFC welterweight contender.
The Briton said: â€œIâ€™m very excited to be putting on the headset for the UFC. Iâ€™ve got the same nerves and butterflies that I had when I first signed for the company as a fighter back in 2008. I think I can bring a great perspective to the color commentatorâ€™s role. Researching and breaking down UFC fighters and fights is what Iâ€™ve been doing for over 10 years now, only now I am not just concentrating on my own division, but every division. I think I bring a different perspective to the role. Not only have I fought and trained with some of the best fighters in the world, I think Iâ€™ve had one of the most varied careers in the history of the UFC.
â€œIf we only look at my 6-4 record in the UFC, Iâ€™ve done it all. Iâ€™ve knocked people out and Iâ€™ve been knocked out. Iâ€™ve headlined huge Pay-Per-Views and Iâ€™ve fought on the prelims. Iâ€™ve fought guys I liked and respected, and Iâ€™ve fought in grudge matches. Iâ€™ve been in every high-pressure situation a fighter can find himself in, from challenging a pound-for-pound champion like Georges St-Pierre, to fighting in my hometown with all my family and friends in the front row, to fighting to stay in the UFC when I was 0-4 a couple of years ago.
â€œIâ€™ve packed a lot of experience into my 10 fights in the UFC, and Iâ€™m looking forward to sharing that experience and insight with the fans.â€
UFC Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik added: â€œDan is extremely popular among our fans, and we are very excited that he will be bringing his wealth of experience to six of the upcoming 2014 UFC FIGHT PASS Fight Nights.
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