Former UFC fighter and commentator Dan Hardy made it clear that fans could see him in the boxing ring soon. Not so long ago, serious changes took place in Hardy’s life: Dan was fired from his post as a UFC commentator, and after that he even asked the promotion to release him from any contractual obligations.
Once Dan Hardy was completely released from his UFC contract, he started to shift his focus to other well-known promotions that could serve as a new home. Both RIZIN and ONE Championship were in the sights of Hardy, who already had the names of fighters he would like to share the ring and/or cage with. Those were not his only options, however.
Dan Hardy told Submission Radio in May that he had a lot of “different options, not even just MMA” for his first post-UFC appearance. And now we know what he meant by that as he recently revealed to Mike Swick on the “Real Quick with Mike Swick” podcast that he could very well compete in boxing soon.
“I’ve had a few people message me and ask me to see if I’m interested in doing this and that, but the best offer right now looks like boxing,” said Hardy. “So I might look at doing a boxing match towards the end of the year and then maybe see where MMA is next year.
“I’d like to have another MMA fight. Maybe on your side of the world, though.”
It does not appear as though anything is set in stone just yet, but Hardy has begun training for the opportunity.
Dan Hardy has not competed since winning a unanimous decision over Amir Sadollah at UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic in 2012. He was expected to fight again months after the Sadollah win but was pulled from it after he was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, which is a rare heart condition that causes an abnormally fast heartbeat.
Hardy completed his UFC run on a two-fight win streak that saw his overall professional record extend to 25-10-1.