Every Wednesday, The MMA Corner’s Duncan Price will bring a view of the MMA world from across the pond in England, covering well-known British fighters within the UFC and Strikeforce, and also looking at significant events put on by British promotions within the borders of the United Kingdom.

Dan Hardy Ready For Lytle

Dan Hardy enters his UFC Live 5 fight with Chris Lytle after three consecutive defeats, and a fourth could spell the end of his time with the promotion.

Following his loss to Anthony Johnson in March, Hardy relocated his training base to Las Vegas in an attempt to change up his routine and get his career back on track. Previously, Hardy had been going back and forth between Los Angeles and Nottingham, England.

Speaking to MMAjunkie.com Hardy said:

“It’s made life a lot easier, when I’m in the U.K., I do a lot of travelling around to different gyms, training with different guys whereas over here, I have everything I need right at the same gym that’s just around the corner of my house.”

“Sometimes, you just need to take yourself out of your comfort zone, and I think maybe I slipped into a bit of a groove with L.A. and England, and that kind of training that I found maybe just got a bit too comfortable for me.”

Recently Hardy’s UFC future has been called into question. After a meteoric rise through the welterweight ranks, defeating the likes of Akihiro Gono, Marcus Davis and Mike Swick, Hardy earned a shot at Georges St-Pierre’s title. Unfortunately, his wrestling skills proved to be far behind that of his striking ability as the champion repeatedly took Hardy to the mat and dominated the fight as a whole. Subsequent losses to Carlos Condit and particularly Anthony Johnson only compounded the matter and served to put Hardy on the brink of UFC oblivion.

It is fair to say though that Hardy does possess decent grappling ability and this showed in his early UFC run. However, against more accomplished wrestlers he does admit that grappling has been an area of weakness.

“That’s a continuous process, and that’s something I have to work on for the rest of my career, but I’ve always taken those steps, and I feel like I’ve made a lot of improvements in the last four weeks.”

“I’m really comfortable wherever the fight goes. Obviously, everyone knows what I like to do, and everyone knows what Chris likes to do, as well, so I don’t think there are any surprises there. Regardless of wherever the fight goes, I’m ready for it. I want to show people what I can do.”

Knowing what’s at stake, Hardy still remains confident in himself, his ability, and his training camp.

“I feel this is a turning point in my career. I’ve got to get things back on track, and I’m in the right place to do it.”

Hardy vs. Lytle headlines UFC Live 5 on Sunday, Aug. 14, from the Bradley Centre in Milwaukee, Wis., the first time a UFC event has ever been held in the state.

Bisping Tough on Potential TRT Cheats

Since Nate Marquardt was cut from the UFC following the detection of irregular testosterone levels in his pre-fight blood sample, many fighters have had their say. One that hadn’t, up until recently, was Michael Bisping.

Michael Bisping (Tracy Lee/Combat Lifestyle)

Marquardt openly criticised Bisping after his victory over Jorge Rivera at UFC 127, when the Brit delivered an illegal knee to his opponent and later appeared to spit at or on Rivera’s cornermen.

At the time, Marquardt had this to say on the matter to Yahoo! Sports:

“I would love to fight that guy, just to punch him in his mouth and shut him up. He’s an ass. He’s a total punk, no respect. I don’t like those kinds of people.”

“The fact that he goes and spits on an opponent’s corner, that’s so disrespectful. That’s just not what a martial artist does and it’s not what a sportsman does.”

Now, in somewhat of a role reversal, Bisping has had his say on the controversial Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT), calling fighters on the regimen “cheats.” He also suggests that individuals such as Marquardt would never have required the treatment in the first place if they had avoided steroid use in the past.

Bisping took to Twitter to say:

“Fighters on TRT are f***ing cheats. Low testosterone levels my ass! If you have, that’s cos you were juicing in the past, cheating b*****ds!!”

“Sick of hearing about fighters doing testosterone replacement therapy… it’s just a clever way of cheating. Everyday there seems to be a new story of a fighter on it. BULLS**T!”

“Steroid use reduces your natural levels of testosterone, so if fighters need TRT, it’s because their ass was like a pin cushion in the past!”

Although a future bout with Marquardt would seem unlikely, viewers will soon see “The Count” back on their screens when he appears in The Ultimate Fighter Season 14 opposite the always colourful Jason “Mayhem” Miller.

UCMMA 22 Review

Over the past few weeks we have brought you some of the news and build-up to “UCMMA 22: Warrior Creed,” which took place Saturday night in London. The card delivered a unique mix of celebrity hype, slick submissions and, of course, hard hitting knockouts.

Alex Reid locks in a triangle choke to finish Jason Barrett (Jimmy Page/UCMMA)

The main event featured a highly anticipated and emotionally charged bout between fighter-turned-reality-television star Alex Reid and Jason Barrett.

Once the two men entered the cage, it was clear that Reid’s experience and obvious size advantage were going to be very important factors.

Barrett came out hard and fast, but Reid covered up well and was soon able to get the fight to the ground. They later hit the floor for a second time following a trip from Reid. At this point, it was clear for all to see that Barrett was in trouble. Reid was able to set up a triangle from the mount position, cinch in the submission and land a few playful hammerfists to gain the submission midway through the first round.

In the co-main event of the evening, former TUF competitor Dean Amasinger made his K1 debut against UCMMA’s current welterweight K1 champion Luke Sines.

Accepting the fight on short notice, Amasinger certainly seemed to have improved his stand-up since his last time out. He was certainly a game competitor and attacked with hard punches early on, but Sines was able to slip and parry most of his Amasinger’s strikes whilst landing counter-kicks of his own. Late in the first round, Sines scored with a powerful body kick which landed hard with a terrible crack that echoed throughout the venue. Understandably, Amasinger went down and was unable to continue as Sines notched up another impressive victory.

Other notable winners included: Iain Martell, Spencer Hewitt, Karen Ousey and Jack Mason.

Top Photo: Dan Hardy (Stephen Albanese/Tailstar.com/Sherdog)

This piece was authored by Duncan Price. Follow him on Twitter, @DuncMMA