NEWARK, N.J. -- The last man to beat Georges St. Pierre
thinks he knows the next man to beat Georges St. Pierre.
Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra
told fans prior to the UFC 111
weigh-ins that he felt challenger Dan Hardy
has a "very good chance" to beat GSP.
"The thing is, against guys like GSP or Anderson Silva, many guys are beaten before they step into the cage," said Serra, who scored a technical knockout over St. Pierre at UFC 68 back in April 2007. "This kid is game. He's game. That's something you can't teach."
Hardy, who checked in at 170 pounds during the weigh-in (the same weight as St. Pierre), is as much as an 8-to-1 underdog in the fight.
Serra reversed course from a few months ago. When the fight was first announced, Serra said he picked St. Pierre by TKO, but after getting a chance to work with Hardy during the Brit's extended stay in the tri-state area, Serra says he became a believer.
"That pick was a while ago," he said. "It was before I had the chance to work with Dan. He said some things before that that had gotten under my skin, but we had a chance to talk about it, and he said he was misquoted. I know what it's like being in the public eye, so I gave him a chance. After working with him, I'm behind the guy."
As for the co-main event feature, Serra said he couldn't make a pick between Shane Carwin
and Frank Mir
"I don't know that I've seen enough of Carwin to say," he said. "If it gets to the later rounds, what happens? Frank is tough and crafty, but Shane is a beast. That's a tough one."