Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy (24-10-1 no contest) will return to the UFC
Octagon on September 29th to face the winner of the seventh series of ‘The
Ultimate Fighter’, Amir Sadollah (6-3) in a welterweight showdown.
The event will be held in Hardy’s home city of Nottingham at the Capital FM Arena where he will be assured of a heroes welcome.
It will be the first time that 30-year-old Hardy has fought in the UK since October 2010 and the first time he has fought in Nottingham since April 2008.
Hardy rebounded from a tough 2010 and 2011 in spectacular fashion as he knocked out Duane Ludwig in the first round of their UFC 146 bout in May. This also earnt ‘The Outlaw’ the $70,000 ‘knockout of the night’ bonus.
Sadollah and Hardy share a common opponent in Ludwig. Back in August 2011, Ludwig bested Sadollah via unanimous decision.
Sadollah boasts the unique feat of having all his professional MMA fights in the UFC.
He has fought tough competition in each of his nine bouts and will be a stern test for Hardy. 31-year-old Sadollah, who possesses dangerous and ever improving Muay-Thai skills is coming off a split decision win over Jorge Lopez at last month’s UFC event in Fairfax, Virginia.
The aforementioned Ludwig (21-13) will face off against Gloucester’s Che Mills (14-5) in another exciting welterweight battle.
Mills was successful in his UFC debut back at UFC 138 in Birmingham with a 40 second knockout of Chris Cope.
Ludwig holds the record for the fastest UFC knockout with an astonishing six second victory over Jonathan Goulet. With both men coming off losses, everything is on the line for these fighters, who will undoubtedly leave everything in the Octagon come fight night.
In addition to the other fights announced, UFC officials confirmed that verbal agreements are in place for England’s Jason ‘Shotgun’ Young (9-5) to battle fellow featherweight Robbie Peralta (15-3-1 no contest).
Young secured his first UFC win in his last outing by defeating Eric Wisely in Sweden, a fight in which Young showcased his wrestling skills, showing off the improvements he has made as a fighter.
The California native, Peralta is undefeated in his last nine fights and this will be his third fight in the UFC.
The event is headlined by Stipe Miocic vs Stefan Struve in a battle of top heavyweight contenders and features other British stars, Brad Pickett, submission specialist, Paul Sass and ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ series 15 semi-finalist, Andy Ogle..