Living under the cloud of 'Wolf Heart,' UFC welterweight Dan Hardy is unemployed and stuck in limbo

Matt Roberts

UFC welterweight Dan Hardy details his struggle with overcoming "Wolf Heart" and how his condition has kept him from competing inside the Octagon.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender Dan Hardy, who was recently diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (also known as "Wolf Heart"), needs to get a second opinion on the condition of his ticker before returning to the Octagon.

Hardy says he hasn't "managed to connect," while UFC President Dana White suggests he's in "serious denial."

Whatever the case may be, "The Outlaw" isn't fighting, and a fighter who doesn't fight is a hungry one, unless other opportunities present themselves which would allow Hardy to utilize his knowledge and experience gained from a 10-year career in mixed martial arts (MMA).

It's just that darn UFC contract that keeps getting in the way (via Bloody Elbow):

"I haven't spoken to Dana (White) since he was encouraging me to go out and get the second opinion. I was supposed to see Lorenzo (Fertitta) this week sometime, but we have just not managed to connect. I'm still kind of in limbo. I'm training, and I'll be in California next week to help Mac Danzig out. After that, I'll be driving along the west coast, and I'll be stopping in and training at various gyms. I have stuff to do, but other than my sponsors, I don't really have a job... I'm still under contract with the UFC. That means I can't really just run right out and accept whatever offer I want. I've been working a lot with my sponsors, and I also have something coming up in October, working with the U.S. military. I'm going to start traveling for them, doing appearances and teaching seminars. The thing is, it's not work. It's all voluntary and charity. It's not something that I can focus entirely on. It's not something that I can develop into a career. It's a bunch of one off things with bits here and bits there. I'm writing for a few magazines. There is stuff to keep me busy, but I still feel like I'm hanging around in 'waiting mode' at the moment. If this is it for my fighting career in the UFC, if it comes down to it, and they can't use me in an active situation any more, then that's it for me. I've always said that my career would end with the UFC, and I meant it. I'm never gonna go and fight somewhere else. If I'm honest, I don't really have any interest in fighting for anyone else."

Hardy (25-10), who turned 31 back in May, will have to convince athletic commissions he's okay to compete. But he can't even get that far until the promotion books him for a fight, something it's not willing to do unless he gets a second opinion.

Which he fears could lead to a "pointless" surgical procedure.

Until then, Hardy is going to be pounding the pavement, looking for whatever work is available that fits within the confines of his current contract. "The Outlaw" has the benefit of what he calls "inexpensive" living (a few Lego sets and a $7,000 muscle car), but sooner or later the bills are going to catch up to him.

Does this story have a happy ending?


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