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AuthorHi, I'm Dan Hardy. I will be online, answering questions from 8pm GMT (12pm PT/3pm ET)

Mar 11th 2017 by DanTheOutlaw • 25 Questions • 67 Points

I've done this once before and had a lot of fun, and a lot has happened since then. I'm now a UFC commentator and analyst, I've moved back to the UK and am helping promote the sport in Europe, and I have my first book coming out!

'Part Reptile' will be released on March 23rd, and is available for pre-order now. It's autobiographical and follows my career in mixed martial arts from my very first Taekwondo class at six years old, to where I am right now.

I'm happy to answer any questions on any subject, from the McGregor / Mayweather drama to the psychedelic experience, and beyond!

I am looking forward to hearing from you all. http://imgur.com/a/KoIp9

Q:

Hey Dan, big fan, both of your fighting style and analytical breakdowns. I've been an adamant defender of yours as a black belt keyboard warrior for many years. It used to be popular to hate on you at one point because you lost a few fights in a row, I'd also be the one going "When have you ever seen a boring Dan Hardy fight? The guy always goes out and fights his heart out". Also the fact your losses came to GSP, Condit, Rumble and Lytle I felt gutted people weren't taking into account the calibre of your competition.

Anyway I was lucky enough to see your last fight in Nottingham when you fought Amir as I live nearby in Lincoln, I remember you saying how gutted you were with your performance and that you really wanted the finish. I couldn't believe it because you dominated him and you stuck to your guns and tried to put on an absolute banger but it takes two to tango.

Just wanted to ask if you still follow the muay thai world and if so what your thoughts are on a lot of top tier talent transitioning from muay thai to mma?

A:

Thank you, my friend.

I think its exciting when world class combat athletes from any sport decide to cross over. There is a lot of room for improvement with MMA striking in general, and the only way to get there is to introduce a few killers from the striking world. I think women's MMA has benefited most so far, what with Joanna, Holm and Shevchenko. I'd like to see more male fighters cross over.


Q:

How did you get the nickname "The Outlaw"?

A:

The full story is in my book, but basically I left a team and my old training partners were 'advised' by the coach not to train with me. I signed up to the old cagewarriors.com forum to find training partners, and used TheOutlaw as my handle, because I'd been 'outlawed' from the Nottingham MMA community as I knew it. I also liked the link with Robin Hood!


Q:

If you were to return who would you like to fight?

A:

Hard to say. A veteran. Someone that has as much experience as me, and knows their game. Someone fun to fight, and easy to get motivated for in training.


Q:

Dan, massive fan. Too new of an MMA fan to have seen your fights live, but your breakdowns are the best in the game. I actually spent the last few hours of my birthday today watching old breakdowns. How many hours do you put into one on average? What would be your dream fight to break down?

By the way, you might want to message the mods here or come over to /r/MMA to do this AMA, might get a lot more traction that way.

A:

Thanks for the tip. I haven't really figured the site out yet!

I'm glad you are enjoying the breakdowns. I would say I do about 10-15 hours per fighter, and I also like to mimic them in training to really understand how they move.


Q:

Do you think Conor will ever come back? If so, who would you like him to fight?

A:

I want to see Ferguson, then Khabib, then Diaz 3, then GSP, then Mayweather.


Q:

How do you think MMA will evolve in the next 10 years stylistically?

A:

I think transitions will be smoother, conditioning with be better so the slow positions and stalling won't last as long. I also think that striking will improve massively.


Q:

Hey Dan, without giving anything away that you shouldn't, would you like to replace rogan when he retires? I'd love to see you and Cruz be full time commentators.

A:

Nobody will replace Rogan because he has his own style, just as all of the UFC's commentary team do. I'd certainly like to have the opportunity to pick up some of the comms jobs if he does step away, but as a fan I will miss him.


Q:

Hey Dan, big fan of your work as a fighter and analyst.

Will we be seeing more episodes of your more "hands-on" breakdowns, like the "On the mat" ones ?

It's one of my favourite breakdowns since you actually shown the techniques but I feel there's too few of them being made!

Would also be awesome to make a similar type of analysis post fight, looking at the techniques the fighters used on the weekend!

A:

I've suggested the post-fight show and it looks like something that might happen if not, I'll do something myself. There will be a new UFC Breakdown out this week ahead of UFC London!


Q:

Would you go on The Joe Rogan Experience? That would be amazing!

A:

I would go on again, yes. The last time I was out in the US he invited me to do Fight Companion, but I was busy at the Fox studios for the fights.


Q:

Hi Dan - huge fan of your work on Inside The Octagon and you as a fighter. I have 2 questions for you.

  1. What inspires you to be a martial artist? Like what makes you so crazy about it?

  2. Who (dead or alive) would you have as a guest appearance on Inside the Octagon?

Thanks for taking the time to do this!!!

A:
  1. The idea of constant self-improvement is something that is innate. It's always been in my nature, and as I get older I realize that its likely because I'm competitive, and because I want to be recognized as someone that made an effort. There are a lot of people that make little or no effort, and I see how poor their human experience is. I loved the martial arts because it seemed almost supernatural when I was a kid. That fight feeling was always a terrifying panic, and at six years old I think I just wanted to feel safe in any situation. Later I realized that the self confidence I got from having martial arts skills allowed me to walk into any room with my head high, and that affects every interaction you have.
  2. Mike Tyson.

Q:

Hey Mr. Hardy, if a movie was made about your life, what actor would you want to potray you?

A:

Unfortunately Johnny Depp is older than me, so logistically is probably wouldn't work... Tom Hardy would be good though!


Q:

Hey Dan, what are your thoughts on Fight Network releasing Robin Black?

A:

I hadn't heard. It's a shame though. I think he offers a lot to the sport and there is definitely a market for his style of analysis. I'm sure it won't hold him back though. He will find another platform for his work.


Q:

Hey Dan,

  • Can you give us an update on your health? and the idea of fighting again??

  • Secondly, you have been knocked out in your career. How do you think this affected your ability to take damage? We have seen many fighters that used to have chins, get KO'd and since then if you look at their records KOs seem to come easier for them. Are you a believer in the "Once your chin gets cracked you lose it."? Can you mitigate the damage in some way? (Bisping seems to be one)

Also i really love the analysis you provide. Thanks for doing this AMA.

A:

I'm healthy! I am picking up training to see how my body responds and will go from there. I have paperwork needed to get clearance though. I've fortunately only been knocked out twice. Once in training at ATT and once in competition. I don't think it affected me at all. There certainly seems to be a connection with fighters that get rocked a lot and a diminishing ability to take punishment. I think the bottom line is to not get hit as much as possible, and the main focus there should be in training. If you spar hard all the time, don't expect your chin to last your career.


Q:

What is the worst moment of your career?

A:

Probably in the locker room after the Anthony Johnson fight. I was sat icing my dislocated thumb and thinking that my career was over. I hadn't felt defeated until that point.


Q:

When's the comeback happening Dan?

A:

Not sure mate... you will know when it happens though.


Q:

Hi Dan, was at your Q&A with Maia in Manchester last year, both hugely intelligent fighters, what fighter impressed you the most with their 'Fight IQ'?

A:

Maia is a very intelligent fighter, as is Gegard Mousasi and Mike Pyle. Frank Mir is also very sharp, and would be a good analyst.


Q:

Do you ever regret following everyone back on twitter?

A:

hahaha! No, I wish I could get to everyone but its impossible!


Q:

I assume that being a veteran of the sports, you know many of the fighters personally.

Is it hard for you to criciticize fighters, point out their weaknesses when analyzing and stay neutral during commentating if you have sympathy/personal history with this person?

A:

I do know most of the fighters, but I like to feel I am fair and honest in everything I do. If you hear me say it, then believe I would say it to the person I'm referring to. If we can't take objecting criticism then we are never going to reach our true potential. I respect everyone that steps into the arena, whether I know them or not I'm there to discuss and analyze their skillset as honestly and impartially as possible.


Q:

Hey Dan , what do you think about the idea of a straight 15/25 min fight without breaks in between the rounds? Also is there any chance to see the on Joe's broadcast? Thank you for your time Dan!!!

A:

I'm not against the idea, I used to enjoy the ten minute round in Pride. There is a lot of insight given and adjustments made between rounds, that can make the fight more interesting and entertaining. They would also be a nightmare to score if they weren't divided up!


Q:

Hey Dan been a big fan for years, especially the recent transition to commentating / analysis. Just gotta know dude whether EA have you and John on board for UFC3?

A:

It's been mentioned but nothing confirmed yet!


Q:

Hey Dan,

Do you have any pre-fight rituals?

Thanks for doing this, I'm a huge fan!

A:

The hair cut was always a ritual for me. I also used to draw a skull and crossed bones on my handwraps before the fight. Nothing that stayed with me throughout my career though.


Q:

you're one of my favorites, dan. i was at ufc 111 it was the only event i attended live and although you didn't win you put on an entertaining fight. my question was were you close to tapping to gsp's armbars? it seems gsp didnt push his hips properly but they still looked like deep armbars.

A:

No mate, I wasn't close to tapping. The kimura was worse than the armbar though!


Q:

You're staying retired, right?

A:

Not sure


Q:

Hi Dan. First of all I'm a huge fan of inside the octagon and you're a fantastic analyst. I was wondering about your opinion on weight cutting in mma. Do you think some measures should be put into place to prevent people cutting huge amounts of weight? Both to prevent health issues and situations where one fighter has a huge weight advantage over another (I.e. Rumble Johnson against you)

A:

Have a look a bit higher up mate. There's a more in-depth answer there. Basically, monitoring fighters weight better between fights, and more weight divisions.


Q:

After such a long absence, have you changed the way you fight?

Also has your role as an analysis helped identify holes in your game?

A:

I'm a lot smarter and a lot more well rounded now. I think this job has added a lot to my game. It's allowed me to sit and absorb hours and hours of fighting.