The UFC announced on Friday that former welterweight title challenger Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy will be providing commentary for the UFC’s online subscription service, UFC Fight Pass.

UFC Fight Pass has seemingly been viewed by some corners of MMA fans as a level below UFC caliber and somewhat of a separate entity entirely as a result. Therefore, the fact that the UFC felt it wise to call in an entirely different set of commentators could be seen to add some weight to this argument.

One thing is for sure, Hardy and the rest of his commentary team won’t be covering many fights with major title implications, with the exception of the upcoming Alexander Gustafsson fight against Jimi Manuwa. As such, regardless of the initial teething problems that may exist with any new commentary team, you wouldn’t expect there to be as much criticism as if it were a pay-per-view.

The UFC is not throwing Hardy in completely at the deep end, however. He will be joined by veteran Cage Warriors commentator John Gooden, who the UFC will no doubt be looking at to provide Hardy with a comfort blanket of sorts to ease him into the role.

Hardy’s first night on the job will be in London on March 8 when he will be providing analysis on the Gustafsson/Manuwa fight amongst others.

In the past, we have seen the UFC promote fighters into commentary and analyst roles with relative success. Kenny Florian stands out as one such example. He currently serves alongside Jon Anik on the Fox Sports broadcasts and is generally well received for his precise commentary. His style of commentary tends to stick to the action rather than going off on tangents, as has become the style of Joe Rogan in recent years.

In general, commentators are polarizing figures with some people loving one aspect of a commentator’s style whilst simultaneously another group, equally as large, will hate it for the very same reason.

Hardy will no doubt be given ample opportunity to find his niche as a commentator and see how he is received further down the road. Given the past discussions of Hardy having talked himself into a title shot against Georges St-Pierre, he will no doubt be hoping his skills on the mic serve him well again in this new unfamiliar role.

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Greg Byron started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after his brother introduced him to a local MMA fighter/coach when he was just 16 years old. Greg has trained for nearly a decade in both BJJ and MMA, competing in several grappling events within the UK. In addition to MMA, Greg possesses a law degree and works for a firm in northern part of England.