Dan Hardy Lashes Out At Critics, Media, And Fellow Peers

Dan Hardy lashes out at the media as well as his peers within the UFC on his blog for English paper <a href=http://www.thisisnottingham.co.uk/>This Is Nottingham:</a><br><Br>"I am a big underdog against GSP and every interview, every day, in emails from fans, I'm getting asked: 'How do you expect to beat GSP?' and 'Do you think you deserve a title shot?' I am getting those questions all the time, like GSP is some kind of god and shouldn't even have to defend his title. GSP has already beaten most of the top contenders. They've had their chance, while I haven't. I've beaten everyone the UFC has put in front of me; I've never turned down a fight and I am not about to now.<br><br> On Swick: I would have been happy having a couple more fights before getting my shot, but I was offered a spot as a late replacement against Mike Swick in a final eliminator in November, accepted, and beat him up. It's funny Swick is now moaning that I didn't deserve this shot. Swick should have kept his mind off me and on his last opponent, Paulo Thiago, and maybe he wouldn't have been beaten again.<br><br>On Koscheck: I am very amused Josh Koscheck is still bitching his lungs out that he deserves a title shot, not me. British fans will know Koscheck as the Fraggle-haired guy who got sparked out in one round in London a year ago, only to take his loss out on an innocent chair backstage, scoring a split decision points win over the unsuspecting piece of furniture. If you've forgotten that fight (and if you blinked, you'd have missed it) you'll see something very similar in May when Paul Daley knocks him out. Koscheck says I have beaten nobodies but my latest win was over his supposed friend and team-mate in Swick. How loyal. That's why Jon Fitch isn't improving, why Koscheck has so many one-sided losses on his record and why Swick will never fight for a title. They aren't really a team, they don't have each others' best interests at heart and clearly there's a lack of respect in that gym.<br><br>On Marquardt: Nate Marquardt is another guy who has been vocal that I am getting some sort of preferential treatment from the UFC. He's a middleweight, so I can't see how this concerns him. But all I can say is if I don't curl up into a ball and get blasted in one round, I'll do better than he did in his title shot against Anderson Silva. I've won four UFC bouts to get here, not-so-great Nate had three, none of which were against world-beaters.<br><br>