Dan Hardy slams Tyron Woodley for stalling on agreed to boxing bout in early 2022
It seems that the September DM beef between Dan Hardy and Tyron Woodley has actually morphed into a planned boxing matchup in March. However, while “The Outlaw” has signed that contract, he claims “The Chosen One” is stalling on finalizing the booking.
Last month, Hardy, 39, went public with a direct message argument between him and the former UFC welterweight champion. The conflict began after Hardy (25-10) publicly critiqued Woodley’s (19-7-1) performance in his August loss to YouTuber turned pugilist Jake Paul. In what was the MMA veteran’s boxing debut.
The comments led Woodley, 39, to contact Hardy directly on social media and unload some critiques of his own for the one-time UFC welterweight title challenger. Things have been quiet since then, until Tuesday morning.
Dan Hardy vs Tyron Woodley in boxing is possible, if Woodley would sign the contract
In an appearance on popular MMA podcast Submission Radio, Hardy was asked about the dispute between the pair. The former ESPN analyst, who hasn’t competed in combat sports since 2012, responded with a stunning reveal. That a contract for the two former UFC 170-pound competitors to fight in a boxing ring has been agreed to. However, the only hold-up is that Woodley still has not signed the contract.
“I will say this, my contract is signed. And I know that he has a contract sitting in front of him, and the deadline is approaching, and he doesn’t want to sign it. and I don’t know why. I don’t know what the deal is because terms have been agreed. Money has been agreed. The date has been agreed. Rules, conditions, weight-class, everything’s been agreed. But he hasn’t yet signed the contract. So you tell me? Tyron Woodley, why have you not signed it,” Hardy said.
“This is exactly my point. I wasn’t even that interested in fighting him, but when I called him out for basically not fighting against Jake Paul, he started getting all upset about it. I called him out because he didn’t want to fight, and now he doesn’t want to fight [me]. The easiest way for me to prove my point was to send him a contract, and now he’s not signing it. I don’t know what his deal is,” he continued. “I think it’s time for him to just call it a [career]. He’s talked a big game, he’s said he wants to fight, I’ve got medicals booked on Monday. If I don’t hear from Tyron Woodley by the end of the week, I’ll be looking elsewhere.”
Hardy also could face John Wayne Parr in ONE Championship or Diego Sanchez in BKFC
Hardy was forced to step away from MMA after being diagnosed with the rapid heartbeat condition Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. However, in 2018 he told Sherdog that he was medically cleared to return to action. Suggestions for possible return fight opponents have been the subject of numerous articles since then. The idea of Hardy joining ONE Championship to face multi-time world champion John Wayne Parr in a Muay Thai fight became a serious possibility after Parr suggested the booking and Hardy confirmed his shared interest over the summer.
Hardy claims his upcoming medical tests will clear him for either the fight with Woodley, a bout with Parr, and a possible matchup with fellow UFC veteran Diego Sanchez in bare-knuckle boxing.
“And these medicals will clear me to fight for ONE Championship as well. I’ve got that option. I am in contact with John Wayne Parr. I do want that fight, but it would be ideal to get the Woodley one out of the way first because, you know, start with boxing, then go to Muay Thai, then to kickboxing then maybe MMA,” he said. “Sanchez keeps messaging me, so there might be a bit of bare-knuckle in there as well. I’m having a big year in 2022.
In the conversation, Hardy revealed the plan for the fight with “T-Wood” would see the pair competing for a new combat sports promotion on a date in March, and at a venue in the UK.
Woodley has lost five straight bouts, spread over his final four matchups in the Octagon, and his loss to Paul two months ago.
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