Dan Hardy may have stepped foot inside the Octagon for a final time already.
Hardy, who was diagnosed with a rare heart condition earlier this year, turned down a meeting with a top doctor set up by UFC president Dana White.
“The Outlaw” was told he has Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which forced UFC officials to remove him from a planned fight scheduled for this past weekend.
“Lorenzo (Fertitta) and I called Dan Hardy a couple weeks ago and got him set up with the best cardiologist in the country,” said White, last week following a press conference. “He didn’t want to go. He’s in serious denial right now. Either denial, or just afraid to hear from somebody that that’s the truth and that’s what’s going on.”
White added that he made a second call to Hardy in hopes of him taking the meeting, but the Brit told him “I’m going through a lot of stuff personally right now.” Hardy is getting married and said he wants to “put this on the backburner.”
White is hopeful that the fighter was misdiagnosed initially and that Hardy can continue his career.