Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy started training at the age of six in Taekwondo. He progressed through to black belt and then started training in different styles and in 2002 he travelled to China to train with the Shaolin monks. He began to cross-train in several styles of martial arts after the realizing the importance of grappling skills in MMA. Since then he has held the Cage Warriors Welterweight World Title and is the current Light-Welterweight Champion and also the UK Storm British Champion. He has fought professionally in America, Europe and Japan.
Hardy signed a contract with the UFC in 2008. Shortly after, he made his UFC debut at UFC 89, defeating Akihiro Gono via Split Decision. He then went on to beat Rory Markham at UFC 95 in the first round by KO. His split decision win over Marcus Davis at UFC 99 gave him what he need to place amongst the Top 10 fighters in the welterweight division. He is still the only UK UFC fighter to ever have a title contention fight (against George St. Pierre at UFC 111).
Hardy trains with team Rough House in Nottingham, England. He also trains with the Sin City Cartel in Las Vegas, NV.