Many people thought Dan Hardy was just trying to capitalize on the Nick Diaz famed “wolf tickets” statement when he revealed he had a medical issue come about last week. Well, turns out Hardy was being 100-percent honest about his “wolf heart,” as “The Outlaw” has been diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome.
In the easiest way possible to explain, the condition causes an abnormal extra electrical pathway to reach the heart, leading to failure and low blood pressure. Hardy was being checked out by the California Athletic Commission for a planned fight with Matt Brown when the condition was found.
Now, at 31 years old and having rebounded from a four-fight losing streak, Hardy could be finished fighting inside the Octagon.
“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,” said Hardy, in an interview with BloodyElbow.com. “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.”
Hardy (25-10) is a former No. 1 contender to the UFC welterweight title. He added that “what it comes down to (as far as his future), is what the UFC is going to have to say on it. You have to wonder if the UFC can use me on shows in Europe or Australia, or things like that. Those are options to consider.”
Surgery would likely help with the condition, but Hardy doesn’t seem set on going under the knife anytime soon.