Dan Hardy or Daniel Mark Hardy is a former mixed martial artist born in Nottingham, England. The English athlete fought under the welterweight division and was a professional since the year 2004. Before signing in with UFC in 2008, he was under various promotions such as the Cage Warriors and the Café Force. He is nicknamed as the “Outlaw”.
Hardy trained in Tae Kwon Do since he was six years old and had even competed in the Olympics. He then changed to training in Muay Thai because of his love for extra contact in fights. After spending two months in China training with the Shaolin monks in 2002, Hardy became interested in mixed martial arts.
Coming back from China, he played in amateur MMA tournaments until his professional debut in 2004. Hardy is currently a member of Team Rough House together with Paul Daley, Andre Winner, and Dean Amasinger. He has trained in Xtreme Couture, Leicester Shootfighters and the Wildcard Boxing Gym. He has just received his purple belt in 10th planet Jiu-Jitsu from Eddie Bravo. Hardy also has a black belt in Taekwondo.
Hardy’s debut in the UFC was in UFC 89 in October 2008 where he defeated Akihiro Gono of Japan via a split decision. He has already defeated Marcus Davis and Mike Swick in the UFC including a KO victory over Rory Markham. Some of the notable fighting styles the athlete works on aside from his Muay Thai, Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are boxing and wrestling.His professional MMA record include a total of 36 matches with 25 wins, 10 losses and 1 no contest. Most of his wins were by knockout.
In 2013, Hardy was diagnosed with Wolf-Parkinson-White Syndrome. Treatment of the said disease included cauterizing a tissue of the heart. He refused treatment and was offered a non-fighting position in the UFC.