Dan Hardy removed from UFC on Fox 7 with heart condition

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Dan Hardy (pictured) has been removed from the UFC on Fox 7 card due to a heart condition. Photo by Josh Hedges for Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Another fighter from the UFC on Fox 7 card has been removed.

Dan Hardy was scheduled to face Matt Brown on April 20, but tests diagnosed the Englishman with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a type of cardiac arrhythmia that can lead to death in cases with excessive physical activity. The UFC announced Hardy’s removal late Thursday.

The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), the governing body overseeing the event, informed the athlete that he would not be able to compete on the card due to the condition.

“Sorry guys, I couldn’t be more disappointed,” Hardy posted on Twitter. “Turns out I have a wolf heart and the California commission won’t clear me to fight.”

Hardy’s manager, Wad Alameddine, later provided a statement to AddictedMMA.com, in which he explained the situation in further detail.

The full, unedited statement is as follows:

“There’s been a lot of speculation online in the last 24 hours or so regarding Mr Hardy being forced out of his fight with Matt Brown next month, so I wanted to clarify the situation and provide some details.

“On Tuesday this week Dan went and had his medicals done as per normal, however because the fight is in California there was an EKG performed as well as the usual standard medicals done in every other states (normally; blood work, physical, MRI, etc).

“On Wednesday his EKG results came back showing an irregularity which has been diagnosed as Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome, which incidentally my wife also suffers from. However unlike my wife who has symptoms of the syndrome (including heart palpitations and tachycardia), Dan has never shown any symptoms of the syndrome and therefore it has come as a surprise to us all as this is something you are born with, rather than develop.

“Since this news, Dan has been back to hospital and had several tests run on him with a cardiologist, which included an Ultrasound as well as a high-level stress test to study his heart and how it responds to exercise. To say Dan has a very strong and healthy heart would be an understatement! The tests he did not only showed he has a phenomenal resting heart rate of 42bpm, but he also broke the record for the stress test he did which was held by a marathon runner for over a year.

“Sadly the commission will not clear him for the fight with Brown so the UFC were forced to draft in Jordan Mein as a replacement for Dan. It’s a great shame that the athletic commission simply take a reading from an EKG and decide whether he can or cannot fight, rather than looking at the evidence of the last 30 years of Dan’s life without a single symptom of the syndrome, the 10 year sports career he’s had, and the tests he’s also performed this week…….amongst other things.

“As you can imagine with everything (we felt) stacked in our favour, the “not cleared to fight” message we received was a very big shock, particularly after 10 years of competition and no issues. Anyway right now we’re talking to the UFC about what’s next and we’ll keep everyone updated as and when we have further information.”

The UFC quickly gave Brown a new opponent, young Canadian fighter Jordan Mein, who knocked out Dan Miller at UFC 158.

UFC on Fox 7 has been hampered by an assortment of injuries. An interesting note is that the replacements have been athletes who just competed at UFC 158.

  • Darren Elkins replaced Clay Guida against Chad Mendes. He defeated Antonio Carvalho at UFC 158.
  • Jordan Mein replaced Dan Hardy against Matt Brown. He defeated Dan Miller at UFC 158.
  • T.J. Dillashaw replaced Francisco Rivera replaces Hugo Viana. He defeated Issei Tamura at UFC 158.

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