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Dan Hardy is very quickly becoming a UFC superstar. It’s no secret that the talent pool across the pond is a bit more shallow than it is here, so any British fighter who can be moderately successful at the UFC level is going to find himself floating in a sea of popularity (see: Bisping, Michael). The Nottingham native’s relentless fighting style, coupled with his Mad Max-esque mohawk, makes him a perfect fit for the UFC marketing machine.
After dispatching PRIDE veteran Akihiro Gono and IFL standout Rory Markham in his first two Zuffa contracted bouts, it looks like Hardy will continue to test himself against tough competition. At the post-fight presser, ‘The Outlaw’ called out none other than ‘The Irish Hand Grenade’ Marcus Davis, winner of 13 out of his past 14 fights.
I certainly think it’d make an exciting fight. Without a doubt, Marcus is a great fighter to watch. I’m a fan of his. I like watching all of his fights. He’s had a couple of fights in the UK, and he’s kind of building himself a fan base, but he’s not English; he’s not Irish. I was born here, and I’ve been bred here. I don’t mind taking on that challenge and showing him this is my home and not his.
The UFC books fights that make sense and that the fans want to see. A fight between Dan Hardy and Marcus Davis is one that fits both of those requirements, as Hardy and Davis are two of the most exciting fighters at 170 and have both proven themselves against mid-level competition. A step up in quality of opposition makes sense for both fighters. After Josh Koschecks’s upset loss at the hands of Jungle Fight vet Paulo Thiago, the welterweight division could definitely use another contender. The winner of a Hardy/Davis fight would surely fill that void.