Dan Hardy Talks About His New UFC Commentary Job, Career Status
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.21.2014
Hardy says he's hoping to fight again...
Dan Hardy recently spoke with MMAjunkie about his new job doing commentary for UFC Fight Pass events and more. Check out the highlights:
On becoming a commentator on the UFC Fight Pass: "It's really the same stuff I've been doing for years as a fighter. You watch the DVDs and you analyze the guys and discuss them with your teammates and coaches. I'm doing the same thing but discussing it with a co-commentator. Fortunately, he's a UFC nerd as well, so we got on really well."
On his fighting career status: "I think the problem is, the UFC are getting the best information that they can, but they're sending me to a cardiologist in the U.S. and, because of the way the health care system is set up, it's a business. Unless I have surgery, I'm not a customer. So it's like, are you dealing with a cardiologist or are you dealing with a salesman? I've been going to cardiologists and they say, ‘Yeah, yeah, get [the surgery] done.' That's the information they relay to the UFC, and so the UFC thinks it's essential for my own safety. I really don't think it is, and neither does my doctor in the U.K."
On hoping that he can be cleared to fight again: "I really believe it's a matter of finding a cardiologist who's not trying to make a bunch of cash, who can go to the UFC and say, ‘Yes, there is this thing, but it's not a big deal and he's never had symptoms.' Just in case, I can sign a bit of paperwork that says if my chest explodes on a pay-per-view, I knew it was going to happen. There's got to be some way. We get punched in the face. We know how dangerous the sport is anyway."
On not toning himself down when he's at the commentary booth: "Obviously I don't want to upset anybody. I know how hard all these guys are working for these fights. That's one thing I can bring to the table. I know what they're sacrificing to be in there. I'm not going to talk down to anybody, but I am going to be honest. I can see when a guy is running from a fight, when a guy's hiding from a fight, and I don't mind saying it. The bottom line is, if the fighter doesn't want to be talked about like that, then come in and have a fight."
On the possibility that he may not fight again: "You know, my mom said something back when this possibility first came up. She said, ‘The reality is, it would take something like this to stop you from fighting.' It took me a couple of days to really process that, and I realized she was dead right. … Fighting is my comfort zone. It's what I like doing and I'm good at it. I wouldn't really have any reason to stop, because I can make a bit of money and have fun and the fans are great. It would take something like this to pull me away from the sport and make me do something else."