Matt Riddle, who just fought and won at Saturday night’s UFC 154 in Montreal, has made no secret of whom he wants to fight next… Dan Hardy. Riddle, after each of his two most recent bouts, has pleaded for a fight with the British bomber.
His pleas, however, have been met with little enthusiasm from Hardy.
“I’m not a matchmaker and that’s not my job, but if I was to pick an opponent, (a fight with Riddle) wouldn’t even come into my head, to be honest,” Hardy told Fuel TV recently.
“I don’t like looking at the guy, so obviously training for him for eight weeks would be tiring,” he quipped.
Hardy wasn’t quite sure why Riddle was even calling him out, other than perhaps he’s thinking that he could make a name off of fighting and defeating a fighter like Hardy.
On the flip side, however, Hardy isn’t really sure when he’ll be setting foot back in the Octagon just yet.
He was recently in Montreal to help Georges St-Pierre train for his UFC 154 main event victory over Carlos Condit. Hardy intends to keep his base in Las Vegas, but will likely be training more with GSP and the Tri-Star Gym in Montreal, as well, for future fights.
Hardy isn’t really one to call out fighters, and doesn’t have a target painted on anyone, but pressed for his thoughts, he did have one man in mind that would make for a good match-up and a good promotional scenario.
“There’s a lot of talent in the division, so many good guys coming up, and obviously, guys that have been at the top that aren’t maybe right near the top at the moment,” said Hardy. “I’m open. There’s a lot of good fighters, a lot fun fights.
“Maybe Koscheck on The Ultimate Fighter… if I had to choose.”
Considering neither Hardy nor Koscheck is in line for an immediate title shot, it is a fight that would make sense, and with two fighters of such “character,” they’d surely make for tremendous made-for-TV fireworks as TUF coaches.
Is Dan Hardy vs. Josh Koscheck a scenario that you’d like to see happen?