Despite falling short in Greatest Common Multiple's Cage Force 170-pound tournament in 2007, Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy has found his way into the UFC Octagon.
The 25-year-old Hardy, touted as one of the brightest young talents to come out of the UK, holds the Cage Warriors Under 73kg title belt and carries a professional record of 19 wins with 6 losses.
"It means everything to finally be at the pinnacle of mixed martial arts," Hardy said on UFC.com. "Even kids who have never taken a martial arts class in their life dream about fighting in the UFC -- it is the Premier League of MMA and there was nowhere else I wanted to be. I cannot wait to step into the Octagon and showcase myself on the biggest stage in MMA."
The highly active fighter has won eight of his last nine bouts, with the one loss coming by disqualification due to an illegal low blow. The loss cost Hardy the chance to win the Cage Force tournament, which awards the winner with an opportunity with the UFC. Yoshiyuki Yoshida, who defeated Hardy, advanced to the finals to win the tournament and an upcoming trip to the UFC.
Hardy fights out of Team Roughhouse with another up and coming welterweight, EliteXC and Cage Rage's Paul "Semtex" Daley. Last year, Hardy expanded his training with Eddie Bravo at the Legends MMA gym in Hollywood, California. Hardy is a 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt under Bravo.