"It was, at first, a little bit (weird)," Hardy said. "But Georges is a very nice and respectful guy. He's a very deserving champion, as well. I'm more than happy to help him out. And he's very giving with his knowledge, as well. There's a few things he's taught me and helped me out with that I probably could have done with before I fought him, to be honest. But it doesn't work out that way."
Hardy got off his four-fight schneid in May at UFC 146 when he stopped Duane Ludwig with a big left hand and follow-up strikes in the first round. And in September, fighting in front of his home city fans in Nottingham, England, Hardy beat TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah by unanimous decision.
Now he plans to take a few more months off before returning in the spring, saying he wants to continue upping his knowledge base and not be in a hurry.
"I'm looking at the end of March or beginning of April," Hardy said. "I'm in a good place now, and I'm learning. I don't want to be too bullheaded and rush into another fight. I want to make sure I'm improving."