If all goes in response to his present plan, Dan Hardy (25-10 MMA) will placed on a pair of boxing gloves earlier than 12 months’s finish.
The previous UFC welterweight title challenger, who not too long ago secured his launch from the game’s greatest promotion, stated he’s at the moment leaning towards a boxing match earlier than returning to an MMA cage.
“I’ve had just a few individuals message me and ask me to see if I’m excited about doing this and that, however the most effective provide proper now appears to be like like boxing,” Hardy stated on the newest “Real Quick with Mike Swick” podcast.
Hardy, 39, recently requested and obtained his launch from his UFC contract. “The Outlaw” hasn’t competed within the octagon since a 2012 determination win over Amir Sadollah. That card occurred in Hardy’s hometown of Nottingham, England.
Shortly after, Hardy was identified a coronary heart situation referred to as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which compelled him to place his MMA profession on maintain whereas he evaluated his medical choices. Whereas he teased a possible return to the octagon throughout his time away, Hardy by no means settled on an appropriate opponent for his comeback.
Now it appears the squared circle could function the venue for his return to motion – although Hardy stated he nonetheless intends on returning to MMA in some unspecified time in the future, as effectively.
“I’d have a look at doing a boxing match in direction of the top of the 12 months after which possibly see the place MMA is subsequent 12 months, however I’d prefer to have one other MMA struggle,” Hardy stated.
Hardy ended his UFC run on a two-fight successful streak, scoring a “Knockout of the Night time” over Duane Ludwig previous to the win over Sadollah.