Dan Hardy Requests, UFC Grants April Bout with Matt Brown

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Dan Hardy is granted his wish. (Photo byJosh Hedges/Zuffa LCC via Getty Images)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship continues to attend to the requests from its fighters. This time it’s Dan Hardy who benefits from the promotion’s kindness.

The English welterweight had been asking to face Matt Brown since last year, and he finally got his wish answered with a spot on the April 20 card for UFC on Fox 7 in California, the company announced late Tuesday.

Hardy (25-10) revealed his intention to fight Brown (16-11) during a UFC fan meeting in December of last year. Hardy said he was impressed with Brown’s background, and after hearing the statement, Brown announced via his Twitter account that he was game for the fight.

Hardy, whose career hung in the balance after four straight losses spanning from 2010 to 2011, is regaining his footing in the UFC. “The Outlaw” recently put together back-to-back wins — a first-round knockout over Duane Ludwig at UFC 146 and a unanimous decision over Amir Sadollah at UFC on Fuel TV 5.

Brown is riding a four-fight win streak in the UFC, the last of which was a second-round knockout over Mike Swick at UFC on Fox 5.

The Hardy-Brown matchup is the third fight confirmed for the UFC on Fox 7 card, which will be headlined by current lightweight champ Benson Henderson defending his strap against his counterpart Gilbert Melendez, the last Strikeforce champion. The other match-up confirmed is a heavyweight clash between Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir.

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