Remember last week when Dan Hardy led us to believe he was biologically superior to everyone else in the UFC? He seems to be howling a different tune these days, saying that he doesn’t want to undergo open-heart surgery to preserve the tail end of his career. Hardy spoke with USA Today about it:
“I don’t see a reason why I would let someone go in and start messing with it,” he told USA TODAY Sports. “That’s an easy decision to make.”
“I know I’m approaching the end of my career,” Hardy said. “I’ve got to weigh whether it’s worth me taking the risk and getting the surgery to have a couple more fights I might not enjoy being a part of anyway.”
This is pretty defeatist talk for a 30-year-old, especially considering he’s riding a two fight win streak which includes a Knockout of the Night against Duane Ludwig.
“The business side of it is cutthroat, and at times it can be very unfair,” he said. “The meatheadedness around it, I don’t like any of it. It’s just ego for the sake of ego, and I can’t evolve into the person that I want to be in my life while being a part of it. That occurred to me when I was in South America.”
Health issues aside, he just sounds kind of over the fight game. Having already been pulled from his fight with Matt Brown, maybe this wolf heart development that is Hardy’s way out?
“They’re not options for me,” Hardy said. “They’re options for the UFC and whether they want to take a risk and whether, in fact, they see me as a risk. Everyone’s seen my fights. I never make an easy night of it. It’s always a scrap. I’ve been in the trenches, and I’ve never had any problems.
“I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t use me, but, obviously, the decision is out of my hands.”
It would be a shame to see Hardy retire so young, especially in a business where you can pretty much fight until Uncle Dana calls it a career for you. There’s certainly no shortage of coaches in the UK and if Dan wants to call it a day, I will look back fondly at his starchings of Ludwig and Rory Markham and bid him farewell. As for the CSAC — I, for one, welcome our new canid overlords.