DAN HARDY'S LIGHTWEIGHT RETURN
By: Tom Taylor, FIGHTLAND
"It’s been more than two years since we last saw Dan “the Outlaw” Hardy in action. His last fight was against Amir Sadollah—whom he beat by unanimous decision—at UFC on Fuel TV 5: Miocic vs. Struve. That’s a long time to go without the UFC’s most famous Mohawk. The length of the break, however, was not Hardy’s choice.
"It has been a heart-related disorder called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome that’s kept the British welterweight from competition for so long. It’s a rare ailment (though it also affects the likes of Marilyn Manson, Meat Loaf and Jeff Garlin), and has very low levels of actual risk. Still, the UFC and the athletic commissions with which it cooperates were unwilling to gamble with Hardy’s safety. Of course, nobody can fault them for that. And anyway, Hardy hasn’t let the time slip through his fingers. While he’s been on the shelf, he has filled his time by serving as an articulate and engaging commentator for the UFC’s European shows, and from the look of his Instagram account, doing a lot of yoga. He’s even made some contributions to FIGHTLAND. Yes, the Outlaw’s gun-slingin’ days might be on hold, but he has certainly kept himself busy."
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