The bad news? The CSAC has pulled Dan Hardy from UFC on Fox 7 card next month. The good news? It’s because he’s one of the first generation of X-men:
In actuality, it’s not as cool as Hardy’s making out to be. The Outlaw has been diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a cardiac condition “in which there is an abnormal extra electrical pathway of the heart” and it’s really not good to have something AB normal with your heart. Dan’s “wolf heart” can give him dizziness, chest pains, shortness of breath, fainting spells, or – if he’s really unlucky – such a rapid heart rate that he goes into shock and dies. Which is probably why the California State Athletic Commission would rather not be having him fight next month. Hardy was supposed to face Matt Brown on the Fox card, but is now being replaced by that crazy mofo Jordan Mein, which is a fantastic short notice choice.
The prognosis for Hardy’s condition (which I carefully gathered from Wikipedia and several internet know-it-alls who know a guy who’s father’s cousin’s kid totally heard this from Ferris at 31 Flavors last night) range from “It’s an easy outpatient surgery” to “The Outlaw is going to die!” The treatment for this so-called wolf heart can be anything from drug therapy to shock therapy to open heart surgery, but it’s way too early to tell what will happen with Hardy. It looks like he’s got a lot terrible tests to look forward to and really cloudy fighting future. A raw deal for a good guy in the midst of his comeback.