Never has the term ‘color-commentator’ been more aptly applied to someone taking over the position than that of brand new UFC broadcaster in Europe, Dan Hardy. The news of the former UFC welterweight’s shift in careers came at the end of a special Fight Club Q&A which was held just before the UFC 170 weigh-ins at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
His most recent bout in the UFC was a decision win over Amir Sadollah at UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic. This was his second straight win but took place all the way back in September of 2012.
Hardy (25-10, 1 NC) was forced to take what was meant to be a hiatus from the sport when he failed a pre-fight examination before UFC on FOX 7 with a diagnosis of Wolffe-Parkinson-White Syndrome which was to be corrected with surgery. Hardy opted out of the surgery in the hopes of an alternate solution.
Hardy will be placed alongside John Gooden at the desk and Andy Frielander will be announcing the fighters inside the cage.
He will begin his duties on March 8th as he covers the UFC Fight Night 37 card which takes place at the O2 Arena in London, England. He will also cover 5 more events overseas in Europe in 2014.
Hardy’s treatment inside of the States has been less then stellar according to Hardy, not based on their talents but instead due to the business of medicine, “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,” Hardy told Ben Fowlkes of MMAJunkie.
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