Dan Hardy spoke to MMAJunkie and explained why he decided to pass up on heart surgery:

“I don’t see a reason why I would let someone go in and start messing with it. That’s an easy decision to make. I know I’m approaching the end of my career. I’ve got to weigh whether it’s worth me taking the risk and getting the surgery to have a couple more fights I might not enjoy being a part of anyway.”

“They’re not options for me. They’re options for the UFC and whether they want to take a risk and whether, in fact, they see me as a risk. Everyone’s seen my fights. I never make an easy night of it. It’s always a scrap. I’ve been in the trenches, and I’ve never had any problems….I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t use me, but, obviously, the decision is out of my hands.”

Hardy was set to scrap with fellow welterweight Matt Brown at UFC on FOX 7 in San Jose, California. However when Hardy was diagnosed with a rare heart disease called  Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, the California commission would not clear him to fight.

Brown is now set to face Jordan Mein on April 20th as a replacement for Hardy.

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