Former welterweight contender Dan Hardy won’t be released by the UFC despite suffering his fourth-straight loss to Chris Lytle in Sunday’s UFC on Versus 5 main event, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta announced on Twitter following the event.
“Will not cut Dan Hardy. I like guys that WAR!!!,” Fertitta wrote.
Hardy and Lytle each took home $65,000 “Fight of the Night” bonuses for their standup war, while Lytle also earned “Submission of the Night” honors for his late-minute guillotine finish.
After beginning his UFC career with four-straight wins to earn a shot at welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre, Hardy (23-10) would drop a unanimous decision to GSP in March 2010 and has since lost to Carlos Condit, Anthony Johnson, and Lylte.
With his UFC career almost certainly on the line the next time he steps into the Octagon, Hardy said after the event that he’s in no hurry to return as “The Outlaw” plans to reinvent himself before fighting again.
“Right now, I need space from competing, and I need space in the gym getting beaten up by much better guys in every area,” Hardy said. “I’ll either improve or find another way. If I’ve got one more fight, then I’ll take one more fight. But maybe it won’t be for a little while. … I think my head’s elsewhere, to be honest. I’m going to step back, take some time and enjoy being in the gym for a while, and see where the future takes me.
“I think I need to really dedicate the time to do it and either come back in a blaze of glory and make a run for the belt or do something else. I’m not sure yet.”