Dan Hardy has been conspicuously absent from recent UFC broadcasts, and according to the former welterweight title challenger and longtime commentator, that’s no accident.
Following a report from The Wrestling Observer, Hardy on Twitter revealed that he no longer works with the promotion after a “disagreement” with an employee.
According to the Observer, Hardy was fired by the UFC and UK broadcast partner BT Sport after he had a “discussion” with the employee. Hardy is reportedly still under contract as a wrestler, although he is effectively retired due to a previously revealed heart condition.
Responding to a BJPenn.com story on the news, the 38-year-old Briton questioned the characterization that his departure was due to being fired.
“I no longer work directly with the UFC,” Hardy wrote. “The ‘female’ part is irrelevant. It was a disagreement about a missed or withheld opportunity, and I would love to get some answers, but I can’t get any. “
A pretty misleading title there, @bjpenndotcom. It is also not entirely accurate.
I no longer work directly with the UFC. The ‘female’ part is irrelevant. It was a disagreement over a missed or withheld opportunity, and I would love to get some responses, but can’t get any. https://t.co/OWN3huP8Pe
– Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) March 7, 2021
After his career was put on hold indefinitely due to a serious heart condition, Hardy moved on to comment and quickly moved on by becoming part of the A-team of the overseas event promotion. Additionally, he was the star of several pieces of shoulder programming, breaking up big UFC fights.
Last fall, Hardy made headlines when he clashed with referee Herb Dean over a call at UFC Fight Island 3. Hardy yelled at Dean to stop the fight when Jai Herbert was knocked out by Francisco Trinaldo, and then the two had a heated verbal exchange that was captured by the camera. The UFC said it was investigating the incident.
Later, Hardy and Dean posted videos defending their actions at the event; Dean said the outage was fair, while Hardy said it represented a pattern of missed calls (Hardy’s video was later removed for violating YouTube’s terms of service).
“Herb needs to understand that a mistake was made here, and you need to take responsibility,” Hardy said. “It is just a learning opportunity, and if it is not taken as a learning opportunity, we are all losing, especially the fighters and the brain cells. … We need to improve the awareness of some of these officials, and we must also hold them accountable for situations like this, when they cannot assume responsibility for doing so. “
Last month, Hardy appeared to shift his focus from commenting to a comeback in the Octagon, calling out veteran Matt Brown, who he was scheduled to fight before his condition, known as wolf heart syndrome, forced him to drop out of the fight. . Brown, instead, was booked against Dhiego Lima, and Hardy traded his former title challenger Nick Diaz, who hasn’t fought since 2015. Diaz’s fight has yet to materialize.