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Wednesday, 01/11/2012, 08:30 am

UFC NEWS – Dan Hardy Leaves Roy Nelson’s Camp, Picks Up Training With Mir, Belfort and GSP

[box_light]”Roy Nelson is a great training partner and great guy, but he’s not really the right man for me to be working with. He doesn’t move like a welterweight and he’s a lot stronger, so picking his brains was great, but hands-on he wasn’t quite right for me. I’ve got a new boxing coach, a new wrestling coach, a new jiu-jitsu coach… I’ve sorted out everything. Being properly set up in Vegas, you don’t have to travel far for world class training partners, and I’ve worked with Frank Mir, Georges St-Pierre, Vitor Belfort. I spent some time with Georges helping him to prepare for Carlos Condit [before his injury], giving him a look similar to what Condit would have given him. I had a great spell with him and his coaches, Firas Zahabi and John Danaher, I went to his wrestling class and it was interesting to see the things I should change in my own training camp.”[/box_light]

In a recent interview with ESPN, Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy reveals that he has left the camp of Roy Nelson and has started seeking training with other Las Vegas area fighters.

The former number one contender has had a plethora of problems ever since facing Georges St. Pierre for the UFC’s welterweight title. Currently riding a four-fight losing streak he has yet to get back his dominance that he entered the UFC with.

With consecutive losses to GSP, Carlos Condit, Anthony Johnson and Chis Lytle, Dan is one of few fighters that could last out the unemployment line after dropping four straight.

The former Roughhouse fighter turned to Los Angeles to train at Punch Kick Grapple and 10th planet before heading to Las Vegas to train with UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson. Apparently he was not getting the results he was looking for at any of the gyms, and has become sort of a training journeyman hopping from facility to facility.

Will picking up time with Frank Mir, Vitor Belfort and St. Pierre be the right mix of training he needs to return to form?

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27 Responses to “UFC NEWS – Dan Hardy Leaves Roy Nelson’s Camp, Picks Up Training With Mir, Belfort and GSP”

  1. leo says:

    those are great partners, bjj of mir, hands of vitor, explosiveness of gsp

    • jacob lee says:

      yea he kinda telegraphs when he strikes and stands up so tall he doesn’t have time to sprawl. If he could fix those two things he could be a beast. I’m glad to know he is still training and working hard. Would love to see him knockout GSP

  2. Ste says:

    I wonder if Mir could get Hardy to tap lol?? was amazing how Dan didnt tap in the GSP fight!

    • Shawn says:

      He’d probably get his arm snapped before tapping. Regardless of his recent losses, he’s still one of the toughest fighters in the UFC. But not tapping when you should, because you know you can’t get out of it, is not a smart thing to do. You chance to cut your career short. However, those three guys to train with? You definitely can’t go wrong. He’s made the right decision.

    • Abe says:

      who fucking cares lytle made him tap like a bitch.

    • MMA knowitall says:

      Yeah I think GSP was just too nice to rip Hardy’s shoulder out of it’s socket..Or break his arm for that matter. Not so with Mir, Frank’s always said tap or snap, or mercy.

  3. magoo says:

    Not a Hardy fan, but at least he’s lookin to evolve and become a more well rounded fighter.And training with guys like that will bring out the best in you for sure.

    • Chartmonster says:

      Evolve is the word if you want to stay on top or get the belt. Admire Dan reaching out and taking care of his weaknesses finding great training partners…hope it works out. He can only get better! oy oy oy

  4. SP says:

    He’s doing all the right things. Going around and finding the best training environments.
    Will be interesting to see his improvements.

  5. josh says:

    I like Hardy more than i do his father. If you havent heard about Dan’s father twitter beef with Rumble it makes for a good couple minutes of reading.

  6. mike f says:

    At least he is trying to improve. Roys camp is basically Roy. And you can really grapple with a man that much bigger than you and pick up all the little things

  7. Jerry says:

    Dan said on twitter yesterday that he nevr told espn he left roys camp. Because he hasn’t

  8. ThaGreenBandit says:

    Gotta give the man props for making moves in the right direction to evolve his game, and do better in this sport.

  9. John M says:

    Great move on Hardy’s part, now just don’t show up to your fights looking like a pork chop

  10. johnny says:

    I dont care how tough you are,,You lose 4 fights in a row move your ass down to strikeforce!! whats the real deal behind this????

    • Chris says:

      UK markets want UK fighters. If Hardy was from the US or Brazil he would have been cut a while ago.

      • Jujitsu Player says:

        I completely agree with this post. He should have been cut and forced to fight his way back in to the UFC. The problem is Hardy is still well supported in the UK which makes up a decent sized share of the PPV money. This is also the reason why Bisping picked up $400k for his last fight. Although I concede Bisping is a top tier figher (top 5 at 185lb).

        • VanDamme says:

          Correct me if I’m wrong but aren’t the UFC ppv’s free in the UK? He is not around to get PPV buy from the UK but more so just to develope interest for the UFC brand in the UK. Bisping is paid as much as he is because of the attention that he brings in the UK to the sport not because of his record.

          Prime example – David Beckham playing for Galaxy – Not worth the money as a player on the team but definitely worth the money for the league because of the recognition he brings it.

        • VanDamme says:

          Its all marketing my friend!

        • Jujitsu Player says:

          You have to pay PPV in the UK. My point was really regarding Hardy and the fact he’s hanging on to his UFC contract becasue he’s a Brit and Brits want to see Brits competing. One of the reasons he was rushed to a title shot. I understand the drivers regarding marketing the UFC in the UK and without Bisping we haven’t really got much. And he definitely has a big UK following.

    • IknowMMA says:

      I agree! To many losses in a row, he should be downgraded!

  11. Matt says:

    Dan Hardy- ‘I’m going to have to stop doing interviews with @ESPNuk, I haven’t stopped training with @roynelsonmma” !

  12. Tricky says:

    To pick up on that ‘didn’t tap’ arm bar thing…

    Correct me if I’m wrong all you Jitz guys out there (you with more that a white belt!) but from what I saw GSP had it cranked on all wrong. The arm – although bent – did not have the ‘thumb pointing up’ thing, which means the stress wasn’t as directly on the joint as it should be.

    I watched that thing more than once and that’s the reason I think he didn’t tap. I think GSP realised he’d done something wrong too, by what he said in the after-fight interview with Joe ‘Fo Shure’ Rogan.

  13. Steve says:

    Dan Hardy was misquoted. it looks like he still works with Roy, in addition to working with those guys. he left a message on his twitter saying how he was skeptical about giving espnUK interviews now.

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