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Hardy's the toughest opponent I've faced - Condit

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Carlos Condit stopped Rory MacDonald with seven seconds to spare in order to avoid a decision defeat at UFC 115 © UFC
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Carlos Condit has labelled Dan Hardy 'the most dangerous opponent I've fought so far', but he still intends to beat the Briton at UFC 120 in October.

Condit has fought the likes of Frank Trigg, Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger during his MMA career, but he insists Hardy is the toughest of them all. The welterweight pair square off on October 16 in London, with the winner promoted back among the very top contenders in the 170lb division.

Only champion Georges St-Pierre has beaten Hardy so far in the Briton's UFC career, whereas Condit has been defeated by Martin Kampmann and came within seven seconds of losing to Rory MacDonald. Hardy claims the American is 'foolish' for calling him out, but Condit prefers to leave his own predictions until fight night.

"I haven't got anything against him, he's a great fighter and he seems like a cool guy," Condit told ESPN.co.uk. "But I wanted to fight him because he breaks down real nice for my game, and he's got status in the division. He was the No. 1 contender so it's a big fight for me.

"We'll see if I'm foolish on October 16. He's definitely the most dangerous opponent I've fought so far, and he's the toughest too. He's definitely one of the top guys I've faced for sure."

Condit will have over 15,000 fans against him when he steps into Hardy's home territory, but the former WEC champion insists that will not bother him.

"I fought over in Vancouver (against MacDonald) and got the same welcome; whether you cheer me or boo me I'm going over there to do what I've got to do."

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