By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
The following is an excerpt from a new Nottingham Post-exclusive pre-fight blog from UFC 120 competitor Dan Hardy.
In the blog, “The Outlaw” does what he does best, as he begins the pre-fight trash-talk with UFC 120 foe Carlos Condit.
UFC star Dan Hardy writes exclusively for the Nottingham Post
I'M getting ready to come back to Nottingham after spending the last few months in LA with my girlfriend.
I bought a new apartment in Nottingham earlier this year and am looking forward to getting back home and seeing my family and friends.
I've enjoyed my time in the US, though. Since I did the 'Primetime' show (where cameras follow you 24-7 during the build-up to your fight) I think a lot of American fans have got a better appreciation of my sense of humour.
I've done a lot of signings and personal appearances. The fans have been very kind. It's a weird concept to me, people waiting in line for 90 minutes just to meet me for 20 seconds.
It is very weird and humbling as I'm just a guy from Nottingham who likes to compete.
The rumour mill, again, is true and I will be fighting Carlos Condit at UFC 120 at the O2 in London on October 16 in the co-main event.
It is a great fight and one I am already excited about. Condit is a former world champion who has only lost once in nearly five years, and that was on a split decision to top contender Martin Kampmann.
He's a great opponent for me, after losing my UFC welterweight title challenge to Georges St-Pierre in March.
I didn't want to drop too far down the pecking order and a win over Condit will make sure I stay right in the title mix.
Carlos actually asked for the fight. He went to the UFC and requested me as his next opponent, I guess thinking that beating a world title challenger would look nice on his record.
It is very much a case of 'be careful what you wish for' because I've taken it upon myself to do him a favour and beat the stupid out of him.
Read the complete blog from Dan Hardy at the official Nottingham Post website, which you can access at ThisIsNottingham.co.uk.