Dana White: Dan Hardy in Denial, Refusing Second Opinion for Heart Condition

Written by Tom Ngo
April 19th, 2013

UFC Dan Hardy

UFC welterweight Dan Hardy (pictured) was slated to return to action this Saturday to face Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 7. However, Hardy was forced to withdraw after being diagnosed with Wolff Parkinson White syndrome.

According to MayoClinic.com, WPW is the presence of an extra, abnormal electrical pathway in the heart that leads to periods of a very fast heartbeat (tachycardia).

The condition has put the 30-year-old’s fighting career on hold, if not in complete jeopardy.

Hardy and his gunslinger ways have always pleased his bosses, as evident by their reluctance to release him after losing four straight inside the Octagon. That’s why UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and president Dana White have gone out of their way to find the best in the business to help “The Outlaw.”

However, it appears Hardy doesn’t want their assistance at this time for fear of what the truth might reveal.

“Lorenzo and I called Dan Hardy a couple weeks ago and got him set up with the best cardiologist in the country,” White shared Thursday. “He didn’t want to go. He’s in serious denial right now – either denial or just afraid to hear from somebody that that’s the truth and that’s what’s going on.

“So after he turned it down, I called him back and said, ‘Dude, are you crazy, man? We’re offering you a chance to go see the best guy. Just get this second opinion. You’re literally insane if you don’t go do this.’ He said, ‘You know what Dana, I’m going through a lot of stuff personally right now. I’m getting married, I have a lot of family coming into town and just dealing with this whole thing at the same time. It’s driving me crazy, so I just want to put this on the backburner until I’m done with my family stuff and then we’ll talk.’ Once he gets this done, hopefully we can get him out there to see this doctor. Hopefully he was misdiagnosed.”

In his 12 years as the UFC head honcho, White says he’s never come across another athlete with WPW. For liability purposes, Hardy will not be allowed to compete for the promotion again until he receives medical clearance.

Hardy owns a 25-10 (1 NC) professional record. He has rattled off two straight wins since his four-fight skid, which began with a lopsided defeat to welterweight king Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111 in March 2010.

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