Dan Hardy went to get his medicals cleared for a scheduled fight with Matt Brown and found out he has a wolf heart.
Well, not exactly a wolf heart, but an issue that could lead to his retirement.
Turns out that “The Outlaw” has Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, which means there is too much juice getting pumped into his heart. This could lead to heart failure and low blood pressure, two areas of concern if you compete inside the Octagon.
The 31-year-old Hardy told BloodyElbow.com that he isn’t thinking about retirement yet, but that it may come to that quicker than he hoped.
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. 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.
Hardy (25-10) snapped a four-fight win streak last year, scoring a pair of victories and getting his career back on track. He has talked about retirement as of late, so maybe he’ll just decide to explore those “other” options.
Personally, I enjoy seeing Hardy compete – especially in England – and would love for him to have one last match, if his health allows.