It would seem odd that anyone would have anything really positive to say about Dan Hardy, especially former opponent Mike Swick, who lost his chance at a title shot against Hardy last November. It seems though that time has healed the pain of his loss. Swick recently had some very nice things to say about Hardy, stating he feels that “The Outlaw” definitely has a fighting chance against Georges St. Pierre.
“I am super excited about the fight; I can’t wait to see what happens as a MMA fan. Dan can definitely win this if he takes his chances with his strikes. Dan Hardy definitely deserves his title shot in Newark. I said in a few interviews he didn’t but – I want to clear the air – when I said that I was still upset I’d got beat by him at UFC 105. I made that mistake of talking when I was feeling emotional, when I was feeling down and was disappointed in my performance. But it wasn’t my true opinion; at least not one I’d actually thought about,” Swick said.
Swick went on to say;
“I’m a little embarrassed I said that, and want to say publicly Hardy deserves his shot and has a good chance of winning. He’s a top fighter. I said on my Twitter I hope Dan does well and good luck to him, that he deserves shot. But obviously no-one picked up on that while the other stuff I said before was everywhere.
Has Hardy had a fast route to the title? Yes, but he’s taken chances and accepted tough fights when offered to him. It’s true: if I had won that fight no-one would be saying I didn’t earn it. And do I wish I’d have gotten a faster route to a number one contender fight? Of course. You wouldn’t be hearing me complain, or any other welterweight complain, about getting a quicker route to a number one contender fight. He stepped up to fight me and won.”
And oddly enough, Swick stated that he feels Hardy winning the championship would actually be a good thing, and went on to say even with all the trash talking he felt that Hardy is a pretty nice person.
“Behind all the talk, I know Dan’s a very good guy. We didn’t have problem before or after our own fight, so there’s no need to talk all this stuff now. I wish him the best. It would be very exciting for the division to have him as champion. Obviously I’d love a rematch for myself but anytime a division is shaken up its great for the sport.”