Champion wants to stop Hardy
UFC world welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is not taking lightly the threat of Nottingham's Dan Hardy ahead of their fight at UFC 111 on March 27.
"Dan Hardy is a dangerous striker, a serious threat if he lands his punches on you," said St-Pierre.
"He has fast hand speed and throws his shots in good combinations. He is bringing a lot of weapons to the fight.
"He is very aggressive and confident. I will need to be in great shape and have the perfect strategy.
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"Lots of good fighters do not go 4-0 in the UFC, but Hardy has and has beaten good fighters in good style.
"He hasn't been challenged yet, put on the backfoot, but I believe that is why I will win."
St-Pierre says that if Hardy is hoping that he is not 100% after recovering from a groin injury then he is on for a disappointment.
"I am in my prime, I have been 100% for many months now and training is going well," he added.
"I started slowly but was surprised at how quickly I felt better once I began to train.
"I had a great 2009, beating BJ Penn and Thiago Alves. I won 'Fighter of the Year' which was a great honour for me.
"But I was not able to compete in the second part of 2009 and want to remind everyone in this fight what I can do."
"I want to stop Hardy," he said. "I am looking for a big inside- the-distance win."
Dean Amasinger saw his hopes of joining Dan Hardy and Paul Daley in the UFC fade when he lost by TKO late in the third to Ultimate Challenge welterweight champion Alberto Mina at Troxy.
Don't miss Dan Hardy's exclusive column in tomorrow's Post.