Former and perhaps future UFC fighter Dan Hardy recently became a former commentator when he was released by the league over a never-detailed disagreement with a company employee in January on Fight Island. "The Outlaw" has apologized for whatever it is that happened, and during a recent appearance on Submission Radio said he hopes that UFC president Dana White does not hold a misinformed opinion of him.
“I love the UFC. I always will. I’ll always be a huge fan of the UFC, and it’s been a big part of my career and a big part of my life, and I owe a lot to this place that I’m in right now, sitting talking to you guys, and I’m forever thankful for that," he said. "And I have nothing against the UFC or Dana or anything like that. Of course, if they called me up and they’re like, hey, parachute in on a Union Jack flag for [UFC] 261, I’d be there in a heartbeat. It’s just a weird place, cause I just kind of don’t know exactly what’s happened. And my concern is that Dana’s got a perspective of the situation that’s not true. And that’s what concerns me more than anything. Like, I could not sit Octagon-side ever again, as long as Dana doesn’t have this misconception of who I am. Because that would really frustrate me.”
Hardy also got into a public argument referee Herb Dean in July, which he does not feel he needs to apologize for.
“So, I’m the stop the fight guy," he said. "I don’t know if I can swear on your show, but f*** it, I don’t care, because I’m speaking out for something that’s important. And it’s like this weird misinformation that’s happened about it, where I’m like there picking a fight for some kind of personal benefit. It’s just f***ing nonsense. Like, what a stupid thing to say. Like, I don’t really know Herb. I know him as well as I know Trinaldo. It doesn’t matter if the situation was reversed, it’d be the same situation."
"And it’s not about Herb, but like, generally we have mistakes made consistently in the sport. And it’s one thing if it’s a No Contest instead of a DQ. Like, we’re talking about maybe thirty grand difference in Darren Stewart’s pocket. But the reality is, it’s a mistake. Like, that wasn’t a no contest, it was a disqualification. Like, bulls*** about baiting. Baiting a knee to the head? So, what? It’s still an illegal shot. It’s still an illegal knee to the head. And not in any jurisdiction aside from PRIDE rules is that ok. Like, it’s just, there’s this weird like, and I know – I mean, you can see now I can speak, so I can say exactly what I like, I don’t get it. Like, he’s working the majority of the events in Las Vegas, he’s considered the gold standard of the sport, but he makes a mistake almost on a weekly basis at this point. Like, who’s gonna call him out on it? I’ll do it. I don’t care.
"And I was at Cage Warriors at the trilogy on the weekend, and he probably won’t want me to tell you this, but I’ll tell you this. There was a fight which Marc Goddard was refereeing, and in my opinion, there are three or four referees in the sport that hold the officiating job to such a high standard, and Marc Goddard is one of them. And he walked out the cage and sat down. And it took him a while to get over the fight, because he felt the fighter took one extra punch. Like, where is that responsibility? You know? I’ll be the ‘stop the fight guy’ I don’t care.”
“I think the Herb Dean situation didn’t work in my favor. I mean, I’d signed a new contract and worked a few events since then, but I still think that was in the back of their mind. And then the incident in Fight Island, it was a disagreement between myself and another employee of the UFC who, I just feel was, the person was being obstructive in helping me do my job, I felt. And I asked the person why, and I felt like I was told a falsehood, which I called them out on. And that’s my side of it. I don’t know what… I mean, you know, as I said in my statement, I wasn’t aggressive, I wasn’t insulting towards her, I wasn’t threatening in anyway. That’s just not who I am. I was forthright and I was to the point, and I asked the question about why opportunities were not getting through to me when they previously had done for the past few years. It just felt like a bit of a deterioration of a relationship, and I didn’t understand why. Obviously, there was frustration attached to that, because my job is to promote the sport and build the sport as much as I can. And these were media opportunities that I felt would be beneficial for, especially for my region, for the UK. So, obviously, there was a little frustration there, but that was it. It was purely a disagreement. I think the aftermath of it is a much more about my calling the person out on not speaking the truth to me and the people present, colleagues of ours.”
“I understand what my side of it was. It was a disagreement about an opportunity that should’ve come to me, that never made it to me. And a whole bunch of other people knew about it, apart from me. And I didn’t know why. So, when I asked the person, I didn’t get the truth. And that was frustrating. I think a big part of it was the embarrassment. And it could have been dealt with better on my part, absolutely. I could have had the conversation in a different place, without there being other people there. But I’m not a corporate individual. I’m a fighter that put on a shirt and tie and did a grown-up’s job. I’m still a kid, and I don’t play these corporate games where people are watching out for their jobs and, ‘oh, you know’, it’s just not me. And I just talk to everybody the same. I’m to the point. That’s how I am.”