by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com

In an age where
hundreds of fighters are under contract with the UFC, Dan Hardy’s short road to
a title shot is somewhat of an anomaly.


Maybe not for
heavyweight, but for welterweight, one of the most talent-laden divisions in
the sport, four fights to a title shot is lickety split. Just ask Lyoto


Then again, it’s also
a testament to the dominance of champion Georges St-Pierre. The French-Canadian
has pretty much cleaned out the division, and many thought to be rightful heirs
to contendership have stumbled upon each other.


Hardy has lived 27
years of a life less ordinary, so he isn’t much thrown by the twist of fate.
But he’s no less keen on the opportunity.


“It’s just hard
work,” said Hardy. “I’m not overly athletic, I’m not overly talented… I
shouldn’t be where I am in the sport, really. It’s just getting up every day,
putting the time in, and just doing everything to be as perfect as I can be.”


Hardy is expected to
face St. Pierre at the yet-unannounced UFC 111 on March 13 in Newark, N.J.


(Watch this
exclusive video with Hardy as he talks about the opportunity of a lifetime.)