UFC welterweight Dan Hardy was a month away from fighting Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 7 when he learned he would have to withdraw due to a condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome causing him to have a secondary heartbeat. Though Hardy has been competing at a high level for years, the situation could prevent him from fighting in a number of States now that his “wolf’s heart” is public record.
As such, Hardy has had to accept his future may not be what he’d planned based on the risk posed to his health as well as the reputation of MMA by continuing to take to the cage. “The Outlaw” spoke about the matter in depth with Bloody Elbow, explaining he isn’t ready to hang his gloves up yet but knows the possibility is certainly there.
“I’ve been thinking about it, and I don’t want to think for a second that I’m done fighting, because I still love training and fighting. At the same time, I also feel that there are lots of other things that I should be doing, things that I should be concentrating on in different areas of my life,” said Hardy. “If it was determined that I shouldn’t or couldn’t fight anymore, you know, there would be a transitional period, and in that middle ground, there may be something I could do to help the sport in another way, and if that’s through the UFC, I would love it. I’m a huge UFC fan, and it’s always great to be a part of it. I will continue to help people in the gym, as well. I’m working with Mike Pyle and Mac Danzig for their fights. Even Amir Sadollah, I’m helping him with his next fight.”
“I’m still going to be around the sport. I wouldn’t put distance between it and myself like I couldn’t deal with it. It’s a part of me, and it always will be, so if there’s something I can do to help the sport, then most definitely, I will,” he continued. “If this means that I’ve got to move away from fighting, like I’m not allowed to fight anymore, then it might be time, and I might have to step away. We’ll just have to let it play out, and see what happens.”
Hardy is only 30 years old and coming off back-to-back wins after a rough patch where he lost four straight. If forcibly retired, Hardy will exit the sport with an overall record of 25-10 including sixteen stoppages.
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