A victorious Hardy has high hopes for a professional MMA career, as he’d like to become the Michael Jordan of MMA.
“To come over here and transition to a place where “titan” isn’t the right justification for what these (fighters) are,” Hardy said at the post-fight press conference (via Milan Ordonez of Bloody Elbow). “It’s amazing. And I just don’t think these heights have been reached yet. I’m the fights sports’ athlete version of what Michael Jordan could be. This is just getting started. We’re scratching the surface, basically.”
Hardy now holds a 1-1-0 record under the UFC banner and a 4-1-0 record as a professional MMA fighter.
The fighter was on the receiving end of some jeering from the crowd this past Saturday Night, but Hardy says he only heard the appreciative fans.
“If you really listen, there’s less and less boos, man. All I hear is the crowd. All I hear is the people that appreciate me,” he said. “People are gonna boo, it happens. But all I heard was cheers, man. I heard people that love me, I heard my crowd, my fans, the people that I’ve embraced came down here, people who’ve been living here for two, three years accept me and enjoy what I put out. That was the best feeling, just to know that they enjoy what I put out,”
There is no word yet on when Hardy will return to action, but the competitor said after the card that he’d like a quick turnaround.