Dan Hardy Believes Bellator Had “Some Stars Born” in Paris

Dan Hardy, Bellator Paris Credit: Patrick McCorry/Cageside Press

Paris, France — PFL Europe Head of Fighter Operations Dan Hardy was on hand for Bellator Paris on Friday at the Accor Arena, and clearly liked what he saw.

In Hardy’s estimation, in fact, some stars were born at the event, Archie Coglan among them.

“We had some stars born tonight. I think we had some really, really strong, standout performances,” Hardy opined, speaking to media outlets including Cageside Press following the event. “For me, Archie Coglan is someone we need to keep an eye on. 9-0, undefeated, a powerhouse wrestler. The power of his shots at close range, through the fence, scary. Scary power, scary individual.”

“Slim Trebelsi as well,” added Hardy. “Gotta keep an eye on this guy. He didn’t look himself tonight, said he was injured, dealing with a few things coming into this. He’s the kind of person who has the skills to really put a cat among the pigeons in the heavyweight division.”

Overall, Hardy is of the belief that “we had a strong night tonight. I thought [Cedric] Doumbe looked good. I thought Yves Landu – I just seen him in the corridor, I said ‘dude you owned it tonight.’ The back flip into the name, flipping up to his feet, fantastic.”

Landu earned a split decision win over Jonas Bilharinho at the event. Cedric Doumbe, meanwhile, returned to form in the Bellator Paris co-headliner, stopping Jaleel Willis inside of a round.

Watch the full Bellator Paris media scrum with Dan Hardy above.