Hardy passes on surgery, future in UFC's hands


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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I welch on SN bets site profile image  

4/3/13 1:47 AM by I welch on SN bets

WOW, Bently. Thank you.I was diagnosed w/ WPW sydrome when I was 12 (23 years ago). They said I would never feel the effects, yet mentioned that ".06%" chance still existed, and sudden death was not out of the question. They did some tests and said no surgery was needed. I always thought that if WPW acted up the chance of death was nearly 100%. I had no idea you could just go about life have episodes and not die. Also, I have always figured it would happen someday regardless of what the doctors had said.While all cases must be very different, you have given me a sigh of relief knowing an episode doesn't always end in sudden death. However, that ".06% chance" for benign cases seems like such an unrealistic number for any one human. Seems like each individual should be given their own personal "Chance" of attack.

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4/3/13 1:14 AM by MasterofMartialArts

I don't think that matters. His heart is not effectively pumping like it should so his vital organs aren't getting the nutrients they need because of this and he can have a heart attack. It also restricts blood flow, there's no way he shouldn't do the treatments. He obviously has made his choice, was just stating facts.

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4/2/13 7:03 PM by InspiritMick

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4/2/13 6:33 PM by jimbonice

My wife had an ablation. As said before, it's day surgery. If Hardy wants to compete, he'd be foolish not to do it.

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4/2/13 5:30 PM by Kentpaul

If that was his last time fighting as a fan i have enjoyed watching him compete, but he is a very smart man so i doubt he will have much trouble finding a good job outside of fighting unllike a lot of fighters IMO.

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4/2/13 4:33 PM by UGCTT_EnderTL

Thanks for the perspective.

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4/2/13 4:29 PM by TheHaunted2

He could get it on nhs but because he has no symptoms he would probably be on the waiting list for a while

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4/2/13 4:26 PM by Nick Fury

I just hope he keeps his health. Thats the most important thing in the long run. He has nothing to prove. He's been a warrior in a league that is filled with sharks.

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4/2/13 3:23 PM by Darth Ryase

You think it was part of the gimmick or was he really like that? I think he's a great guy, even if he is a little cocky at times.

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4/2/13 3:08 PM by Bentleysuper8

They told me all sorts of crazy shit. Death also being amongst the possible outcomes. I wish I had a list of the possible complications they gave me. It was terrifying. That's why I lived with the condition for around 10 years while taking digoxin to try and limit the episodes. I finally had enough and thought what the hell. Let's just go for it. I should have done it sooner.The breaking point for me was when I had an episode while rock climbing in Japan. Having to go to the hospital in Niigata and explain to them what the hell was wrong with me and exactly what kind of drug they needed to inject me with. When I got back home I said let's fucking do it. If I never had an episode I might have a different opinion but it's being told I would not be able to do something that would motivate me. For example, if today a doctor told me I could never downhill mountain bike again, I'd be on the table tomorrow. Risks be damned. You can't live in fear.