UFC officials have tabbed Dan Hardy as the color commentator for the six live upcoming events set to air on UFC Fight Pass this year.
Hardy will work alongside play-by-play man John Gooden beginning next month with UFC Fight Night: Gustafsson vs. Manuwa in his native country of England.
“I’m very excited to be putting on the headset for the UFC,” said Hardy, who is a one-time UFC welterweight title contender. “I’ve got the same nerves and butterflies that I had when I first signed for the company as a fighter back in 2008.
“I think I can bring a great perspective to the color commentator’s role. Researching and breaking down UFC fighters and fights is what I’ve been doing for over 10 years now.”
Hardy was forced to step aside from the fight game when he was diagnosed with a rare heart condition a year ago. He hasn’t retired, and continues to train – though he said he is fully focused on his new job.
Hardy, Gooden and ring announcer Andy Friedlander will do the six cards set to air in the British Isles, mainland Europe and the Middle East for Fight Pass, the new all-digital platform launched by the UFC late in 2013.