The former-welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy has revealed that he wants one more crack at the bright lights of the UFC before retiring.
Dan Hardy might have established himself as one of the leading analysts in the sport of MMA over the years but some forget exactly how lethal he was as a fighter in his day. As a former challenger to Georges St-Pierre’s welterweight crown, Hardy went five hard rounds with the Canadian superstar but as we know, came up short on the judge’s scorecards.
In 2013, Hardy was diagnosed with the heart disorder, Wolff–Parkinson–White Syndrome, which forced him into a semi-retirement of sorts but with his health now finally looking up, ‘The Outlaw’ could well be returning to the octagon sooner than we expected.
Hardy spoke to MMANytt.com in a recent interview in which he discussed the circumstances he would like to return under and if we’re honest, we say get it signed for the UFC’s next trip to the world’s most iconic fighting venue, Madison Square Garden.
“If I was gonna come back, I’d want a name. There’s a lot of guys in the lightweight division I would look at, there’s a lot of guys in the welterweight division I would look at. If I had my own choice I would take a fight at 161lbs or 162lbs and have that as a new weight class.
“There’s a need for a weight class in between those two weight classes and part of the resistance is Dana doesn’t want to move the welterweight division to 175lbs, and I absolutely agree but that 161lbs/162lbs weight class would be perfect for the guys moving up to welterweight or down to lightweight. For me, I would fight anybody in that weight class.
“I like Madison Square Garden. I know there’s a November card coming up and there’s still time to get on that. If the offer is right, and everything moves in that direction, if not, maybe early next year.
“I need to do the four-month USADA testing pool and the likelihood is I’ve got one more fight so I’m in no massive rush to get back into that. It’s a very intrusive program which I like as a fan, as an analyst, and as a member of the UFC staff but as a fighter, I don’t need people knocking on my door at 5 o’clock in the morning knocking on my door and asking me to pee in a cup, but I will do it for one more fight when the time is right.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena