UFC, not California commission, refused to clear Hardy to fight

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Last month it was revealed that UFC welterweight Dan Hardy would be unable to complete at the UFC on FOX 7 card later this month in Chicago. Often when a fighter is not medically cleared it is the decision of the supervising athletic commission, however with Hardy, this was not the case:

UFC welterweight Dan Hardy believed it was the California State Athletic Commission that refused to clear him to fight at UFC on FOX 7. But in truth, it was the UFC.

Reps for the CSAC told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) late Monday that UFC officials removed Hardy from the card before all of his medical paperwork was submitted for the event, which is set to take place April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

Notably missing was an electrocardiography (EKG) exam that, according to Hardy, revealed markers of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, a rare heart disorder that sends extra electricity through the heart upon its second beat. In mild cases, it causes a rapid heart beat and heart palpitations, but in extreme cases can cause sudden cardiac arrest.

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