The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday announced the signing of British welterweight
He is a staple of the U.K. mixed martial arts scene, having fought the majority of his career for the Cage Warriors fight promotion. Hardy is currently the promotion's welterweight champion. He also fought his way to the finals of Japan's Cage Force welterweight tournament before losing to
Hardy is a member of Team Rough House, which is also the home of fellow British standouts
"The plan was always to fight in the UFC when I felt I was 100% ready. But there were things I felt, as a fighter, I needed to work on before I made my UFC debut," Hardy said on CageWarriors.com. "I probably could have fought in the UFC before now, but I wanted to work on my skills, my BJJ and my wrestling. I have trained as a striker since I was six years old, but have really worked very hard on my ground game over the last four years, including working with
With an impressive 8-1 record in his last nine fights, including a TKO win over UFC veteran
No information has been forthcoming from the UFC or Hardy on when he will make his debut in the Octagon.