Dan Hardy’s been sidelined since a 2012 decision win over Amir Sadollah due to a rare heart disorder. Now, “The Outlaw” believes a return could be in order next year.
Hardy, who works for the UFC as the color commentator for Fight Pass events, recently told MMAnytt in an interview that he sees 2015, lightweight and Diego Sanchez in his future.
“I think lightweight would be a great challenge for me,” said Hardy, who previously worked his way up to the No. 1 contender at welterweight. “I think there are a lot of fighters at that weight class, a lot of good kickboxers, so I could have some good fights. (Sanchez) has always kind of irritated me. I like Diego, I respect him and I forgive him for his strangeness, but in my opinion, he’s kind of the problem with mixed martial arts.
“He started off as a really good fighter and he’s just slowly gotten worse throughout his career.”
Sanchez (25-7) is a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter and coming off a controversial split decision win over Hardy’s fellow English fighter, Ross Pearson. He is set to meet Joe Lauzon at UFC 180 next month.
Hardy (25-10) owns a two-fight win streak after receiving a fifth chance by the UFC, specifically CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, after a four-fight losing skid from 2010-11. That included losses to Chris Lytle, Anthony Johnson, former interim champion Carlos Condit and his world title match with Georges St-Pierre.
Check out the complete interview with Hardy in the video below: