Dan Hardy is still teasing a return to the Octagon but he has changed his focus on who he will fight.
Recently, Hardy has been calling out Matt Brown and “Immortal” seemingly agreed to the fight on social media. The two then began to call one another out and Brown even posted a text message he sent to Sean Shelby asking for the fight. However, it has since been revealed that Brown will face Dhiego Lima on June 19 leaving Hardy without an opponent.
After the news of Brown’s fight became public, Hardy decided to call out Nick Diaz for his return fight.
So now @IamTheImmortal is matched, I suppose I’ll jump to the next name on my list.
Where’s Nicholas Diaz at?
Any rules, any promotion, any arena.
Back to fighting for respect again…
My happy place.
— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) March 2, 2021
So now (Matt Brown) @IamTheImmortal is matched, I suppose I’ll jump to the next name on my list. Where’s Nicholas Diaz at? Any rules, any promotion, any arena. Back to fighting for respect again… My happy place,” Dan Hardy wrote.
Dan Hardy has not fought since 2012 when he defeated Amir Sadollah. Hardy was diagnosed with Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome in 2013 leaving him unable to fight. Yet, in 2018 the Englishman announced he was cleared to compete again. Then, in 2019 he said has joined the USADA testing pool. However, it is uncertain if he will ever fight again. In his career, Hardy does have notable wins over Duane Ludwig, Daniel Weichel, and Mike Swick among others. He also fought Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title and lost by decision at UFC 111.
Nick Diaz, meanwhile, has also been hinting at a return to the Octagon in 2021 but whether or not he does is uncertain at this point. The fan-favorite has not fought since 2015 when he lost to Anderson Silva by decision but the fight was overturned to a no-contest due to the Brazilian testing positive for steroids. Before that, he lost to Georges St-Pierre by decision for the welterweight title and Carlos Condit by decision for the interim title. He does hold notable wins over B.J. Penn, Frank Shamrock, and Paul Daley among others.
Whether or not Hardy or Diaz will return is uncertain, but a fight between the two does make some sense and it would be a big fight for the UFC.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime