Not too long ago, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender Dan Hardy spoke of hanging up the gloves at the end of his 2013 fight campaign.
See why here.
Now that he’s been diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (also known as “Wolf Heart”), a condition that brought him out of his CFU on FOX 7 opposite “Immortal” Matt Brown, he may have already seen his last fight.
Where does he have?
Hardy tells Steph Daniels that the decision could ultimately come from his employer.
“I thought about it, and I don’t want to think for a second that I’m done fighting, because I still love to train and fight. At the same time, I also feel that there is a lot other things I should be doing, things I should be focusing on in different areas of my life. However, it comes down to what the UFC is going to have to say about it. I certainly don’t know where the UFC keep using me to fight in other states, because obviously now that will be on my medical records. I have a heart of a wolf, and now everyone knows it [laughs]. Then you have to be wondering if the UFC can use me in shows in Europe or Australia, or things like that. These are also options to consider. I just know at this point I’m not going to have the surgery, because I don’t think I really need it. If at any point I start to feel that it might be necessary, I will start thinking about it. Right now I’m fine and I don’t want anyone to laugh at me. “
Hardy (25-10), who will be 31 in May, will have to convince the sports commissions that he is okay with competing.
Wolf Heart is a heart disease in which there is an additional abnormal electrical pathway from the ticker, leading to episodes of rapid heart rate, according to people much smarter than me. Complications include heart failure and low blood pressure, two things that could be problematic when you are in a fight.
Surgery often corrects the problem, but it doesn’t seem like Hardy is in a rush to get under the knife.
Until he makes a decision, or a decision is made for him, “The Outlaw” will keep his career on hold. The good news is that if this is his last hurray, he can at least come out with a win, having decided Amir Sadollah in front of a Nottingham crowd in late 2012.
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