MMAJunkie's Steven Marrocco covers Dan Hardy's response to his recent diagnosis of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a rare heart disorder sufficiently serious for the California State Athletic Commission to bar Hardy from fighting Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 7 on April 2. The syndrome causes most patients to have heart palpitations and a rapid heartbeat. Hardy however is symptom free, with a resting pulse rate of 42, and a maximum of 200.
So "The Outlaw" has decided to forgo surgery, even if that means the end of his UFC career.
"I don't see a reason why I would let someone go in and start messing with it," said Hardy. "That's an easy decision to make."
"I know I'm approaching the end of my career. I've got to weigh whether it's worth me taking the risk and getting the surgery to have a couple more fights I might not enjoy being a part of anyway."
"They are not options for me. They are options for the UFC and whether they want to take a risk and whether, in fact, they see me as a risk. Everyone's seen my fights. I never make an easy night of it. It's always a scrap. I've been in the trenches, and I've never had any problems.
"I don't see any reason why they wouldn't use me, but, obviously, the decision is out of my hands."
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