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Dan Hardy eyes UFC return ... at lightweight

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight No. 1 contender, Dan Hardy, has not competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) since his unanimous decision win over Amir Sadollah back in late 2012. But that doesn't mean "The Outlaw" is calling it a career just yet.

Especially when he can test his might in an entirely new division.

"I have a few fights left on my contract. I need to get cleared by a doctor and I'm in the process of getting cleared. I'd just jump in for some fun fights. I'm a lot lighter than I used to be. I'm closer to walking on the scales at 170. I fought twice at 160 and it was a comfortable weight for me. I was always so much quicker and agile when I was lighter. I think 155 would be better for me now. I'm not interested in belts. I'd like to be challenged and tested by people I look up to."

Like this established veteran.

Hardy was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome -- also known as "Wolf Heart" -- prior to his UFC on FOX 7 fight against Matt Brown back in early 2013. "The Outlaw" would need a solid case to present to local athletic commissions in order for him to get licensed for combat.

Assuming he's no longer in "extreme denial."

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