Dan Hardy has finally dived into his upcoming fight.
‘The Outlaw’ makes his triumphant return to combat sports for the first time since 2012. After being granted his UFC release in 2021, Hardy is set to do battle with Diego Sanchez.
Hardy vs. Sanchez has ‘always been on the cards’
While the booking may have come out of left field, it seems as though Hardy has kept the potential matchup in his hindsight for years. The boxing match will be a ‘collision course’ of sorts for the UFC veterans.
“Diego and I have been on a bit of a collision course for a long while.” Hardy said on his YouTube channel. “I think it was back in like 2006 when we got a face-off when we were fighting in Holland. It’s always been on the cards.
“I mean, we’ve always been in the same weight class. He was slightly ahead of me in his UFC career. So, like, as I signed with the UFC, I was watching him fight the likes of Clay Guida at the Pearl at the Palms. I’ve got some good memories of Diego’s fights. You know what you’re going to get with him. He’s an animal. He comes to scrap every time.”
Looking into the future
After Hardy took a look at his history with Sanchez, he’d reveal more details surrounding the bout including what gloves they’ll be fighting in. Small glove, large glove, it doesn’t matter to the 39 year-old. He wants to get a stoppage over ‘Nightmare’ to start his climbing of the ‘ladder’.
“This is big gloves boxing,” Hardy added. “This is 16-ounce gloves over eight rounds so we can beat the hell out of each other and have a lot of fun with it.”
“I’m still confident I’m gonna be able to stop him inside the distance, but it’s gonna be a bit more difficult with the 16-ounce gloves and with just one skillset, but this is a good place for me to start, get myself back in proper condition, proper fight shape and then we’ll see where we’ll go from there. I think there are other options with Diego, assuming I don’t beat him up too badly in this boxing match. We might be able to do MMA, or bare-knuckle, or something afterward. This is the first step in the rung of the ladder if that makes sense.” (h/t: BJPenn.com)