Dan Hardy is still coming to terms with the knowledge that he has a heart condition after being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome last week which causes him to have a secondary heartbeat.
At this stage nothing is certain, but there is a possibility that it could mean the end of Hardy’s fighting career, leaving the 30 year-old with plenty of food for thought.
“I’ve been thinking about it, and I don’t want to think for a second that I’m done fighting, because I still love training and fighting,” Hardy tells the BloodyElbow website. “At the same time, I also feel that there are lots of other things that I should be doing, things that I should be concentrating on in different areas of my life.”
However, Hardy admits that he wouldn’t ever want want to completely distance himself from the sport, and if he has to retire he’ll still be involved with it in some way.
“I’m still going to be around the sport. I wouldn’t put distance between it and myself like I couldn’t deal with it. It’s a part of me, and it always will be, so if there’s something I can do to help the sport, then most definitely, I will. “
As things stand it sounds as if Hardy would like to continue fighting if possible, but the final decision might not be his to make.
The California State Athletic Commission has already prevented him from fighting Matt Brown at UFC On FOX 7 next month and if others follow suit then he may be left with no option but to hang up his gloves.
“We’ll just have to let it play out, and see what happens,” Hardy admits.