"Wolf Heart" be gone.
It feels like a decade since we've seen "The Outlaw" draw his guns inside the Octagon, due to a medical condition called Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, where an abnormal accessory electrical conduction pathway between the atria and the ventricles in your heart can lead to periods of accelerated heartbeat.
This stopped him from slugging it out against Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 7 almost one year ago. The punk rock enthusiast hasn't competed since September 2012, notching a victory over Amir Sadollah at UFC on Fuel TV 5.
The Brit was ordered by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to complete an electrocardiogram before his fight against Brown, in which the heart disorder was discovered.
Not only is the one-time UFC welterweight title challenger frustrated because he can't compete in the cage, but he feels victimized by the United States Health Care system. American doctors have ordered a minor surgical procedure to make things better, yet Hardy is disinterested because he never experienced any sort of symptoms in the past.
"The health-care system is a business in the US. I never had any preconceived notions but it always surprised me that you can't walk into a hospital in one of the most powerful countries in the world and get treatment...It's just the way the system is set up. Unfortunately, because it is a business, every doctor is a salesman. Is that not a conflict of interest? A guy trying to sell you surgery is trying to make money off it. Why would he give you an honest opinion?"
Well, he's not the first to comment on the medical system in the 'Land of the Free.'
The pride of England has been thoroughly enjoying his stint as a UFC color commentator, covering cards oversees by being the Joe Rogan of Fight Pass broadcasts.
Still, he hopes his health care issue -- which is the only thing stopping him from putting the gloves back on -- can be resolved so he can start dishing out some punishment again:
"That is only a preliminary stage to getting cleared to fight. I have to go back and see that doctor in the US and see what his suggestion is now. At least I feel confident that my decision was the right one."
If only Vince Neil could actually kickstart his heart.
For now, you can enjoy Hardy's work this upcoming weekend at UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.