UFC officials Tuesday announced that hard-hitting British welterweight Dan Hardy will return home for his next in-cage performance, as “The Outlaw” will compete at UFC on Fuel TV 5 in Nottingham, England.
Hardy is expected to square off with “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 winner Amir Sadollah at the Sept. 29 event. Featherweight Jason Young will also be in action, as the promotion confirmed Tuesday that the Brit will face Robert Peralta at the Capital FM Arena. The event will be headlined by a heavyweight confrontation pitting Stipe Miocic against Stefan Struve and is also slated to feature a bantamweight bout between Brad Pickett and Yves Jabouin.
Hardy, 30, picked up his first win since 2009 in his most recent outing, knocking out Duane Ludwig with a vicious left hook followed by ground-and-pound. Prior to that victory, “The Outlaw” had lost four straight fights, a skid kicked off by his failed bid to capture Georges St. Pierre's welterweight crown in March 2010.
Sadollah has fought the entirety of his professional career in the UFC, debuting in 2008 with a submission of C.B. Dollaway in the “TUF 7” finale. More recently, the New Yorker has won three of his last four, edging Jorge Lopez last month at UFC on Fuel TV 3 to rebound from an August decision defeat to Ludwig.
Young, 25, began his UFC career with a pair of defeats, suffering decision losses to Dustin Poirier and Michihiro Omigawa last year. “Shotgun” righted his ship in his most recent fight, however, taking a unanimous decision from Eric Wisely on April 14 at UFC on Fuel TV 2.
Peralta's last outing ended in controversy this past November, as the Californian saw a technical knockout over Mackens Semerzier changed to a no contest after it was revealed that an accidental headbutt floored the WEC veteran prior to the finish. Peralta had won eight straight fights before that result, edging Hiroyuki Takaya 14 months ago in the Strikeforce cage before besting Mike Lullo this past September in his UFC debut.