Former contender Dan Hardy plans training camp, return to Octagon
Former welterweight world title challenger Dan Hardy last fought in 2012, earning a unanimous decision over Amir Sadollah in front of a home crown in England. The British striker was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome the following year.
The genetic condition has kept him from getting medically cleared to fight again since that point, though Hardy has always maintained that he feels healthy and expressed a constant desire to one day get back in the cage. The Mayo Clinic defines the syndrome as "the presence of an extra, abnomal electrical pathway in the heart that leads to periods of a very fast heartbeat."
Also according to the clinic, the fast heartbeat episodes are not life threatening, but "serious heart problems can occur." Hardy’s last two fights were resounding wins, and "The Outlaw" has since gone on to a second career as a television broadcaster.
However, the 33-year-old insists that his fighting days are not yet behind him. Hardy tells UFC Tonight’s Ariel Helwani that he plans to schedule a full training camp at the end of 2015. After that, the fighter says he will undergo medical testing to attempt to once more get cleared to compete.
The goal of the test training camp is to first simply get back in fighting shape. Then, if all goes well, he intends to decide when the right time to fight again would be.