UFC 120 was held on October 16, 2010 in London, United Kingdom. The co-main event was an exciting match-up between welterweights, Carlos “The Natural Born Killer” Condit, and Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy.
Condit was a well respected veteran who had fought previously in the WEC organization. He held the WEC belt and had defended it 3 times before coming over to the UFC. His first bout in the UFC was a decision loss to Martin Kampmann, but he won his next two fights, defeating Jake Ellenberger and Rory Macdonald. Being a former WEC champion, Condit was ready to wear a belt once again, only now he had his sights set on wearing UFC gold. The only thing in his way was Dan Hardy.
Hardy was an exciting up and comer who was making noise in the welterweight division as well. Hardy won his first 4 fights consecutively, defeating the likes of Mike Swick, Rory Markham, Marcus Davis, and Akihiro Gono. His next fight was a title shot against current champion George St. Pierre. The bout went the distance and Hardy came up short, losing by decision to St. Pierre. Hardy was determined to jump right back into the mix of the division, and a victory over tough veteran Carlos Condit, would make a major statement for him.
Round 1: The crowd is really hype as both fighters come to the center of the Octagon. They square off briefly, then Condit fires off a quick leg kick. Seconds later, Condit fires off two more kicks, one low and one high. Condit throws two more leg kicks, and Hardy answers back with one of his own. They continue circling, feeling each other out. Condit continues to throw leg kicks as Hardy presses forward. Hardy throws a hard leg kick that lands, followed by an attempted high kick that Condit blocks. Hardy is the aggressor thus far, pushing the action and forcing Condit to back up. Condit lands two more leg kicks, while Hardy attempts a couple of punches. One lands, but is not too damaging. They continue to circle in the center.
After a minute and a half, neither has landed any strong blows. They both attempt leg kicks and punches. Hardy finally lands another hard leg kick and Condit backs up. A couple more soft jabs from Condit, then he answers back with a moderate leg kick of his own. Seconds later Condit puts together a nice combo with ends with a good leg kick to Hardy’s midsection. Hardy slightly blocks it but it gets through. The feeling out continues as they circle each other. Condit attempts a spinning elbow that just misses. Condit loosens up a bit and starts throwing high kicks. The first one misses, and Hardy blocks the second.
Hardy throws two left hooks, the first one almost lands, but the second one gets through. It backs Condit up slightly, then he comes right back with a good leg kick. Hardy attempts a high kick to Condit’s face that’s a little short. Seconds later, after throwing a couple of feints, Condit throws a solid
1-2 punch-kick combination that backs Hardy up slightly. Hardy smiles and re-engages. Hardy moves forward, throwing a couple of jabs and a front kick to Condit’s body.
They both appear to have loosened up tremendously, as now they are both throwing hooks, high kicks, body kicks, and leg kicks. With 1:00 left in the round they are going back and forth, trading shots in the middle of the ring. It has been a very competitive round which could go to either fighter. They continue trading punches in the center, and at the :35 mark, Condit catches Hardy with a solid left hook that drops him instantly to the canvas. Condit lands 1 or 2 more punches to Hardy’s face easily, because he appears to be out cold, and referee Dan Mirgliotta jumps in to stop the fight. Carlos Condit defeats Dan Hardy by KO in the first round.