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Dan Hardy is evolutionarily superior to rest of us

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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:

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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.

  • Reverend Clint

    how come this wasnt found earlier? Im no dr. but i doubt it just appears over night

  • Kiki McGraw

    Turns out it’s one of those things that may show up one week and not the next, or not show up at all until you’re being tested for something else.

    FWIW, Meat Loaf and Marilyn Manson also have it according to Wiki. Make of that what you will.

  • Carcass

    1) Isn’t it ‘evolutionarily?’
    2) Changes on ECG with WPW will not necessarily manifest themselves every time, especially with some of the minor pathway variants.
    3) Is an ECG part of a normal NSAC fight medical? I’ve never had to do one or had one done.
    4) If surgery is required (and it may not be as this appears to be an incidental finding rather than a symptomatic one), then it involves a simple ablation of the accessory conducting pathway. Big operation if you’re a fighter, don’t know how NSAC would like to licence someone who has had a midline sternotomy. No real reason not to but they do lots of illogical things.

  • Carcass

    1) Isn’t it ‘evolutionarily?’
    2) Changes on ECG with WPW will not necessarily manifest themselves every time, especially with some of the minor pathway variants.
    3) Is an ECG part of a normal NSAC fight medical? I’ve never had to do one or had one done.
    4) If surgery is required (and it may not be as this appears to be an incidental finding rather than a symptomatic one), then it involves a simple ablation of the accessory conducting pathway. Big operation if you’re a fighter, don’t know how NSAC would like to licence someone who has had a midline sternotomy. No real reason not to but they do lots of illogical things.
    5) Yes, I am a doctor.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    If Dan gets through this and can still fight, having a “wolf heart” is pure marketing gold.

    I would buy ten shirts that say “Wolf Heart Hardy”…one for wearing, one for looking at, one for sleeping in, one for my wall, one for my wife, one for a seat cover in my car, one for wearing when the other one is being washed, one for working out (if and when that ever happened), and two emergency shirts just in case.

  • Kiki McGraw

    You’re in luck! Dan’s literally turning into a Direwolf. There’s a pretty good interview with him over at BE:

    http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2013/3/25/4137716/ufc-dan-hardy-considering-career-refocus-following-wolf-heart

    …where he talks about the stars aligning to turn him into a manbeast.

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