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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