Dan Hardy will look to put a stop to his current 2-fight losing streak when he returns to action against Anthony Johnson in a welterweight bout currently rumored for a March date.
Sources close to the negotiations confirmed the fight to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday, but a date for the fight has yet to be determined. Current signs point towards one of the UFC shows in March, which there are several, but nothing has been determined 100% as of yet.
The bout was originally reported by URDirt.com, but was rumored for UFC 129 in Toronto. That date has been ruled out and the fight will take place in March, at one of the scheduled UFC dates in that month. A separate report from MMAFighting.com states a possible March 26 date for the UFC Fight Night event in Seattle, but again at this time nothing has been confirmed.
Hardy (23-8) returns with a focus to get back to the form that saw him get a UFC title shot earlier in the year in 2010. Following his championship loss to Georges St-Pierre, Hardy returned in October and was promptly knocked out by Carlos Condit.
The Brit will attempt the get back to his winning ways in March against Johnson.
For his part, Anthony Johnson (8-3) returns to action after more than a year away from the sport. Johnson was dealing with knee injuries that sidelined him for all of 2010, and discussions took place to have the fighter possibly return for a fight 185lbs.
Johnson has been a notoriously huge welterweight, but it looks like any discussions of him fighting at middleweight have been closed. Over his UFC career, Johnson has gone 5-3 and has shown tremendous knockout power in many of his fights.
With no date yet determined for Hardy vs. Johnson, there’s no telling if the fight will be on a televised broadcast or not, but all signs would point to the fight making the airwaves. MMAWeekly.com will continue to follow the story and update when a date for the welterweight fight has been determined.
(Additional reporting by Ken Pishna)