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Dan Hardy Feels as Though He Can Compete with Anybody These Days

Dan Hardy felt the pressure of performing in front of his hometown crowd Saturday at UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic. In the end, the energy provided - and the ability to sleep in his own bed the night before - helped "The Outlaw" defeat Amir Sadollah.

Hardy was close to being released by the UFC following a fourth consecutive defeat recently, but he was given another chance and took advantage. Now, Hardy feels as though he is ready to compete with anybody.

"Without a doubt," said Hardy, when asked if he is happy being a Top-5 welterweight, during the post-fight show on Fuel TV. "First and foremost, I am a huge UFC fan. I love the organization and to be able to come out and fight for these fans is something I will be able to remember for the rest of my life."

Hardy was even able to revive an old family tradition. His grandfather used to give him a piece of candy following his fights, but he passed away while Hardy was preparing for Georges St-Pierre.

"My grandparents kept me focused through my teenage years," Hardy said. "My grandma was able to join me (Saturday). It was her first time to a fight and first time to the weigh-ins (on Friday), and first thing she did was come over and give me a treat."

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