Dan Hardy resisting 'pointless' heart surgery, seeks second opinion to expedite UFC return

Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Dan Hardy might be able to resume his mixed martial arts (MMA) career with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but only if he agrees to undergo ablation surgery to try and remedy his Wolff Parkinson White pattern. Something "The Outlaw" isn't too keen on doing.

Dan Hardy was recently yanked from his UFC on FOX 7 fight against Matt Brown in San Jose, Calif., and replaced by Jordan Mein after it was discovered that he had a heart-related problem in which he basically has two heart beats, dubbed Wolff-Parkinson White pattern.

Or "Wolf Heart."

While the news is more than enough to bring anyone's mood down, it's not all bad, because according to the Brit, he hasn't quite been diagnosed with the actual syndrome (yet), a more serious heart disorder that can lead to rapid heart rate, low blood pressure and even heart failure.

With his career -- and potentially his life -- on the line, Hardy visited a cardiologist and was told he had to undergo ablation surgery so that doctors may be able to study his heart and see if they can remedy the issue.

"The Outlaw" was none too thrilled with the news, saying he doesn't want to go under the knife if it isn't necessary because he only has the pattern and not the full-blown syndrome.

He explained his issue on a recent appearance on "The Joe Rogan Experience:"

"It's called Wolff Parkinson Heart Syndrome. But, I don't have the syndrome because I don't have the symptoms, I only have the pattern which means I have a second heart beat, but it's never caused a problem. Basically, in your heart you have the basic pacemaker you have a bunch of cells that create electrical impulses that keep the heart beating. And what WPW people have are other cells in other parts of the heart that do the same thing. And usually what they do is they go in and, it's called an ablation. They go into the femoral artery and they can burn them out and stuff. But, people have that done when they have symptoms. When they have palpitations, the dizziness; some people have panic attacks and stuff. I've never had anything, nothing at all. So, what they're telling me at the moment, I mean, I got to go back and get some more tests done for a second opinion with a different person, but the way I understand it right now is that If I want to continue fighting, to get cleared I have to have the ablation. But because I've never had any symptoms and I'm perfectly fine, I don't see the point in letting someone burning my shit. I mean, if it was causing a problem and that's the solution then I would have it done, but it's not."

According to Hardy, he will go back for a second opinion, saying he does not see the point in letting someone open him up to fix an issue he doesn't quite have yet:

"I'm going to go back and get some more tests done. Lorenzo (Fertitta) has a special cardiologist that he wants me to go and see, so, I'm going to get that done and see what my options are. I don't see the point in having the surgery done if I have to have it done to carry on fighting. It just seems pointless to me."

Looking at the bright side, Hardy seems to be in good spirits and acknowledges that he is indeed fine.

The bad news is, his medical issues couldn't have come at a worse time in his fighting career as he is currently riding a two-fight win streak with wins over Duane Ludwig and Amir Sadollah, breaking his previous cold streak of four consecutive losses.

Whether or not Hardy ever steps back into the cage is a tossup for now.

But one thing is certain, should the British banger refuses to go through with the ablation surgery, the chances of him stepping back into the cage will be a bit slimmer.

Unless Fertitta's doctor says otherwise.


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