It’s been several weeks now since Dan Hardy was pulled from a UFC on FOX 7 bout with Matt Brown, after a physician concluded the British slugger may have a rare heart irregularity called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Not long after it was also revealed that Hardy would likely have to undergo a surgical procedure to correct the issue. Since the fighter says he’s never had any symptoms, however, Hardy has relayed he isn’t about to sign off on the operation.
While appearing on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast today the 30 year-old was understandably asked by the UFC commentator about his condition. Hardy clearly hasn’t changed his mind in recent days about getting the procedure, which is called an ablation, and can include incisions or controlled lesions being applied to the heart.
“I’ve never had anything; nothing at all,” Hardy said, after describing the symptoms that other people with the syndrome have. “So what they’re telling me at the moment, I have to go get more tests done; a second opinion with a different person…The way I understand it right now is that if I want to continue fighting, to get cleared, I have to have the ablation. But because I haven’t had any symptoms, I’m perfectly fine, I don’t see the point in letting someone go in and start burning my sh-t.”
So, it appears for now the only way fans will get to see “The Outlaw” back in the Octagon any time soon, is if other doctors decide Hardy has been misdiagnosed and clear him to compete. Here’s hoping that happens.
Hardy is coming off back-to-back wins over Duane Ludwig and Amir Sadollah, after dropping four bouts in a row.
Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy.com for more updates on Hardy as they materialize.
Article by Kelsey Mowatt