Former UFC Welterweight number one contender Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy hasn’t been seen in the cage for almost a year after he was diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome, better known as “Wolf Heart” which is a heart defect that causes an abnormal extra electrical pathway of the heart. This condition can often lead to episodes of rapid heartbeat known as tachycardia. This could obviously become a problem in such a physically demanding sport as MMA.
However, during his time outside of the UFC spotlight he’s found other ways to keep himself active and in shape. In fact, he feels that even though he’s not been cleared by the UFC he’s, “…so much more physically able now than I was before, which is crazy because now I’m potentially moving toward the end of my career.”
Hardy feels very confident with his physical condition and is prepared to enter the Octagon at anytime. “I’ve really just figured out how my body works properly,” he said. “If and when I get cleared to fight again, my whole game is going to be completely different because I feel so much better physically.”
Hardy also has the option to undergo a procedure called “ablation” which blocks the electrical charges by inserting wires via catheter into his heart and cauterizing the necessary tissue. And thought the surgery will most likely cure his condition, “The Outlaw” sees it as “pointless” and has stated many times that he doesn’t feel that he even shows the symptoms of “Wolf Heart”.
“My issue is that I’ve never had any kind of symptoms or problems, so it’s not something I feel needs fixing. That’s just not me. It’s a done deal.” He says.
Though Hardy sees no reason why the UFC shouldn’t clear him to fight he has other plans to occupy his time and satisfy the fighting bug. He plans on traveling to Thailand to pursue a career as a kickboxer.
“…If I can prove to the UFC and to everybody else that there’s no reason I can’t fight, then I don’t see why they would stop me.” He said, “Worst-case scenario, if I don’t get cleared to fight, I’ll go to Thailand and do Thai boxing”.
Hardy has high hopes to come back to the UFC, however UFC officials are hesitant to clear “The Outlaw” until he has a clean bill of health. And though Dan is confident that he won’t need any procedure, Zuffa might not agree.
“I will fight again. My heart has been in my body and survived so many extreme training sessions and situations that it won’t fail me. I don’t feel like it would. But, if you start poking at it…”
Whether the UFC clears “The Outlaw” or not he said it himself, “I will fight again” whether that be under the Zuffa banner or in a ring in Thailand.