Hardy's England (Part Two)

Hardy's England (Part Two)



LEICESTER, England—Dan Hardy is about to head into a strength training session with coach Ollie Richardson at the high tech training facilities of the World class Rugby Team, the Leicester Tigers.

For the past four weeks, Hardy has been constantly filmed for UFC Countdown, a sure sign of how far the Brit has come in his UFC career, maybe once dreaming of these moments of fame but now feeling their burden.

Richardson is the conditioning expert for all the Merry Men of Roughhouse, including Paul “Semtex” Daley, “Judo” Jim Wallhead and Andre Winner. Eight years of training sees them refer to each other as brothers-in-arms that would defend each other in a heartbeat should the need arise. Hardy, probably the biggest target of ridicule in the group, has earned the nickname “Hollywood Outlaw” due to him partly re-locating to Los Angeles, and apparently living the “Hollywood lifestyle.”

“I think the pinnacle of his Hollywood behavior is refusing to do a neck bridge because he’d got hairspray on his Mohawk,” says Richardson. “He also has so much free training kit he smells like new t-shirts, but at least it blocks the smell of fish oils that leaks from his body.”

Hardy arrives in America for a fight for the first time since a guillotine choke loss to Pat Healy in 2004. He’s not worried foreign territory will be hostile.

“I’m hoping to be quite well received in New Jersey. They are quite a blue-collar working class state,” says Hardy. “All the people that live there are quite solid and down to earth and hard working and I think GSP will be too metro sexual for them. You know with his fake tan and his manicures.”

Hardy’s been booed and cheered, so he’s not too bothered however it turns out.

Should the gods favor Hardy in this momentous fight, he’s sure to have the majority of his fights Stateside in the future, yet interestingly he still maintains that he would continue to return home for the bulk of his training.

“I have a solid team here and it’s taken years to build people, get the right people around me,” Hardy says as Richardson shouts from the end of the room. “You’ll never leave me!” Hardy continues, “And obviously I’ve got knob head at the end of the table,” pointing at Richardson.

“Team Roughhouse, I would bring them over to the U.S. if I felt I wanted to do a camp over there as I still want the same guys around me, and I’ve just bought a place over here so I’m kind of settled.”

With his cocky bravado and cheeky smile, it’s easy to see why Hardy has the reputation of the arrogant Brit with the big hair and a bigger mouth. Yet he’s more boy next door than demanding diva contrary to what his persona suggests. He has healthy motivations and pride in his roots.

Surely if any real sign of the Hollywood syndrome began creeping in, the Roughhouse boys would be more than willing to verbally and physically beat that out of him.

Go here to read part one.


  1. Nice work Suzanne. I enjoy reading about the guys at Roughouse and the hairsprayed mohawk made me laugh out loud. Looking forward to part three.

  2. Wow, even by the lowly standards of catty comments that was a bad punt, there’s truly nothing to criticise here, get a life!!

  3. Right, nothing to criticise because there is NO content. I’m with Nathan…sorry lass, NOT a good article.

  4. Terrible article, sorry but where’s the content? Badly written, and no mention of Leicester Shootfighters where Dan trains his Jits? I think someone is a bit bitter…

  5. Who invited the Douche Brigade to the comments section?

    Nathan, you’re (conceivably) an adult male who closed off a factless blanket catty statement with an unhappy face. Choke yourself.

    Snow, while we really enjoyed your freshman work, “10 inches of Snow” and really feel like Informer was a great contribution to music, we’ve had enough of you. You clearly have a personal gripe with Ms. Summers, given that you have commented with equal childish fervor on every article she’s posted. Perhaps you should…I don’t know…get over it. Alternatively, learn some modicum of grammar and submit your own articles. I like to ACCENTUATE words with CAPS even though it makes me seem like an ASSCLOWN.

  6. I cant believe some of the comments here. No doubt the same sad folk who spend most of their time posting shite on forums and googling themselves. I enjoyed the read. Hey author lady dont worry about any negative comments here, none of them were constructive. The tits who wrote them most deffinately live with their parents, cant drive and have troubled relationships with thier right hands.

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