UFC analyst, colour commentator and former UFC welterweight title challenger, Dan Hardy looks all set to make a return to the octagon this year. He retired from the sport in 2012 and last fought and defeated Amir Sadollah at UFC on Feul TV: 5. However, Hardy has been keen to make a comeback and was expected to make a return to fighting last year. He has now stated that he wants to fight at Madison Square Garden in his return fight.
Hardy recently did an interview with MMA Nytt. In the interview, he stated that he wants to fight a big name fighter in his return and that he wants to compete in November at the MSG card. Here’s what he had to say:
If I was gonna come back, I’d want a name. There’s a lot of guys in the lightweight division I would look at, there’s a lot of guys in the welterweight division I would look at. If I had my own choice I would take a fight at 161 [pounds] or 162 [pounds] and have that as a new weight class. There’s a need for a weight class in between those two weight classes and part of the resistance is Dana [White] doesn’t want to move the welterweight division to 175 [pounds], and I absolutely agree but that 161/162 weight class would be perfect for the guys moving up to welterweight or down to lightweight. For me, I would fight anybody in that weight class.
I like Madison Square Garden, I know there’s a November card coming up and there’s still time to get on that. If the offer is right, and everything moves in that direction, if not, maybe early next year.
I need to do the four-month USADA testing pool and the likelihood is I’ve got one more fight so I’m in no massive rush to get back into that, it’s a very intrusive program which I like as a fan, as an analyst, and as a member of the UFC staff but as a fighter, I don’t need people knocking on my door at 5 o’clock in the morning knocking on my door and asking me to pee in a cup, but I will do it for one more fight when the time is right.