The rising MMA heavyweight had successfully made himself a 2-0 record when he started fighting at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in June and last Tuesday.
Now that all he has is a developmental deal with the UFC, Hardy is willing to wait on a word from UFC President Dana White. On a post-fight interview on White’s Contender Series 16, he told reporters:
“I think I’m one of the best athletes in the world, boss man. I’ll say that every day of the week, but I have respect for athletes, so I would say that it’s a different sport.”
Ready for UFC
Continuing he said:
“I think that I’m ready, as far as being an athlete, but skill-wise, mentality-wise, some of these guys are out of my league right now. So I’m going to keep working, and when the boss man, who has the experience, says it’s time, I’m going to step it up and give it everything I have.”
Despite this, he’s got a controversial sports career in the past.
Now, Dana White has his take on Hardy’s call for an official octagon walk. Speaking to the media shortly after the end of Tuesday’s show he said (via MMA Fighting):
“I told him, I said, ‘I hope you’re working on your wrestling because I think guys are gonna start coming out and trying to take you down. I don’t see how much longer guys will come out and strike with him. He claims he’s working on his wrestling and his ground game all day, every day, so we’re gonna continue to build this guy, continue to get him fights and see what he does.”
“It’s the level of competition. The guy is 1-0, and he just fought a guy who was 3-0.”
Watch White’s interview below:
It now seems that Hardy’s ‘ground game’ will decide whether or not he is UFC ready.