LONDON, United Kingdom — A lot has changed in Veronica Hardy’s life over the past few years, and at UFC 286, the biggest of them will be evident.
Former UFC welterweight title challenger Dan “The Desperado” Hardy has married ex Veronica Macedo, who was married to Biya Marais in 2020 since the last time we saw her Tsky lost in a bantamweight bout.
The two tied the knot in December last year. If they needed another reason to celebrate, a Saturday excursion to London would certainly be appropriate. Hardy looked to have improved a lot since his return to flyweight, easily defeating TUF 30 champion Juliana Miller on both feet while avoiding her submission bout on the ground.
With husband Dan in her corner, who fought Georges St-Pierre for welterweight gold in 2010, “I think it’s like cheat code for the fight,” Hardy (7-4-1) said at the end of the bout. Later told the media, including Cageside Press at the O2 Arena in London, England. “In one video, you find cheat codes and you’re like ‘this guy has all the answers!'”
“if [Dan] Unable to show you the way he wants it, he can find a fighter, give me an example, and show me different ways that other people have applied it, even though it’s not his forte. Or he’ll take me to another gym. “
She explained that it was Dan Hardy’s efforts to bring out the best in Veronica. “It’s unbelievable that he put most of his life aside to help me, and it gives me a lot of strength. Because Dan doesn’t have to do that, man. He’s got a lot of big things to do Do. If he takes the time to put all this energy on me, I’ll give it my all.”
Hardy acknowledged that her three-year layoff, due in part to concussion symptoms, did “have a lot of ups and downs.” “Especially, I had a really bad record in the UFC. It’s gone and just looking at the results and feeling like I have the ability to come back and do it. And realizing it was decision making and a lot of things I did wrong or didn’t prepare properly Fighting, it’s not my lack of ability. Having to get over that mentally in order to come back is tough.”
Seeing other people fight, it is also difficult to achieve the dreams she wants. “It motivates me.”
Watch the full UFC 286 post-fight media discussion with Veronica Hardy above.