Dan Hardy wants release from UFC fight contract

Dan Hardy | Esther Lin, MMA FightingNo longer an analyst for the UFC, Dan Hardy now hopes to cut professional ties with the promotion entirely. Hardy’s time as a UFC commentator came to an end this past March, when it was reported that the promotion would no longer be using him in that capacity after he had a “disagreement” with an employee. The one-time welterweight title contender later admitted that he regretted the miscommunication between him and the UFC, though he does not regret his recent public clash with referee Herb Dean. With Hardy not welcome at UFC events for the time being, he told Submission Radio that he is seeking to also be released from his fight contract so that he can be free to pursue opportunities elsewhere. “The only thing that’s happened is I’ve asked two different people for my release from the UFC,” Hardy said when asked for an update on his situation. “Because obviously with one contract coming to an end, it would make sense for me to leave with my fight contract as well. So I’m currently trying to get my release from the UFC so then I can start looking at other places. “I’ve got a few ideas and a few options that I’d like to consider. But it’s just getting a hold of someone, I might have to recruit Joshua Fabia to get someone’s attention at some point.” Hardy’s mention of Fabia is a reference to the controversial guru who has formed a close and heavily-scrutinized relationship with longtime UFC veteran Diego Sanchez. Fabia has become a key figure in Sanchez’s career, which recently hit a major bump when the Ultimate Fighter 1 champion was removed from a scheduled bout with Donald Cerrone and subsequently released from the promotion. Sanchez is one of several fighters that Hardy has mentioned in recent years for a possible comeback fight (Hardy said he has exchanged messages with Sanchez, but doesn’t have a great read on what exactly is going on with him), though he doesn’t believe that’s a fight the matchmakers would have been interested in even when he and Sanchez were both still available for the UFC. Should he step into the octagon again, Hardy worries that he’d be used as a stepping stone. “I think even if it got to the stage where I could get the UFC to give me an opponent, it’s not going to be one of the ones I want,” Hardy said. “They’re not matching veterans with veterans anymore. They’re matching veterans with the new guys coming up so they can build the next name and I’m not interested in fighting someone that nobody knows. “‘Cowboy,’ Matt Brown, they would never in a million years give me the Nick Diaz fight. They would use Nick Diaz to build somebody else up. I just don’t want to be in that situation. Plus, my fight contract is, what, eight years old? So you can imagine the numbers on it, it’s rather embarrassing.” Given that he’s still under UFC contract as a fighter, Hardy cannot negotiate with other promotions as of yet. However, he isn’t shy about wanting to fulfill his dream of competing overseas again after previously having fought in his native England as well as Japan and the Netherlands. “I’d love to fight in Japan,” Hardy said. “I’ve always been a fan of Japan. RIZIN, ONE Championship are doing amazing things. I actually think that would be a great place for Diego to go. They’ve got Shinya Aoki floating around there that has, what, 47 wins on his record? I’d like to see Diego against Aoki, that would be an interesting one. “But just as soon as that UFC door closed, so many other doors opened, and different options, not even just MMA. I’ve got other things I would consider as well. The world’s much bigger than I actually realized, I think, so now I’m starting to look at these other organizations, and different weight classes as well. I could jump into some of these at middleweight and light heavyweight and fancy my chances. We’ll see what happens.” Watch Hardy’s interview with Submission Radio below, where he also breaks down the big fights from this Saturday’s UFC 262 event.

Dan Hardy wants release from UFC fight contract
Dan Hardy | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

No longer an analyst for the UFC, Dan Hardy now hopes to cut professional ties with the promotion entirely.

Hardy’s time as a UFC commentator came to an end this past March, when it was reported that the promotion would no longer be using him in that capacity after he had a “disagreement” with an employee. The one-time welterweight title contender later admitted that he regretted the miscommunication between him and the UFC, though he does not regret his recent public clash with referee Herb Dean.

With Hardy not welcome at UFC events for the time being, he told Submission Radio that he is seeking to also be released from his fight contract so that he can be free to pursue opportunities elsewhere.

“The only thing that’s happened is I’ve asked two different people for my release from the UFC,” Hardy said when asked for an update on his situation. “Because obviously with one contract coming to an end, it would make sense for me to leave with my fight contract as well. So I’m currently trying to get my release from the UFC so then I can start looking at other places.

“I’ve got a few ideas and a few options that I’d like to consider. But it’s just getting a hold of someone, I might have to recruit Joshua Fabia to get someone’s attention at some point.”

Hardy’s mention of Fabia is a reference to the controversial guru who has formed a close and heavily-scrutinized relationship with longtime UFC veteran Diego Sanchez. Fabia has become a key figure in Sanchez’s career, which recently hit a major bump when the Ultimate Fighter 1 champion was removed from a scheduled bout with Donald Cerrone and subsequently released from the promotion.

Sanchez is one of several fighters that Hardy has mentioned in recent years for a possible comeback fight (Hardy said he has exchanged messages with Sanchez, but doesn’t have a great read on what exactly is going on with him), though he doesn’t believe that’s a fight the matchmakers would have been interested in even when he and Sanchez were both still available for the UFC. Should he step into the octagon again, Hardy worries that he’d be used as a stepping stone.

“I think even if it got to the stage where I could get the UFC to give me an opponent, it’s not going to be one of the ones I want,” Hardy said. “They’re not matching veterans with veterans anymore. They’re matching veterans with the new guys coming up so they can build the next name and I’m not interested in fighting someone that nobody knows.

“‘Cowboy,’ Matt Brown, they would never in a million years give me the Nick Diaz fight. They would use Nick Diaz to build somebody else up. I just don’t want to be in that situation. Plus, my fight contract is, what, eight years old? So you can imagine the numbers on it, it’s rather embarrassing.”

Given that he’s still under UFC contract as a fighter, Hardy cannot negotiate with other promotions as of yet. However, he isn’t shy about wanting to fulfill his dream of competing overseas again after previously having fought in his native England as well as Japan and the Netherlands.

“I’d love to fight in Japan,” Hardy said. “I’ve always been a fan of Japan. RIZIN, ONE Championship are doing amazing things. I actually think that would be a great place for Diego to go. They’ve got Shinya Aoki floating around there that has, what, 47 wins on his record? I’d like to see Diego against Aoki, that would be an interesting one.

“But just as soon as that UFC door closed, so many other doors opened, and different options, not even just MMA. I’ve got other things I would consider as well. The world’s much bigger than I actually realized, I think, so now I’m starting to look at these other organizations, and different weight classes as well. I could jump into some of these at middleweight and light heavyweight and fancy my chances. We’ll see what happens.”

Watch Hardy’s interview with Submission Radio below, where he also breaks down the big fights from this Saturday’s UFC 262 event.

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Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCAt the beginning of this month, Jiri Prochazka had a sterling sophomore appearance in the UFC, knocking out Dominick Reyes in the main event of UFC Vegas 25 with a spinning back elbow. The finish was immediately lauded as a Knockout of the Year contender and vaulted Prochazka up to third in the UFC light heavyweight rankings. But for as great a showing as it was, the former KSW light heavyweight champion was not as excited about his performance as everyone else was. “I’m enjoying what I’m doing, the show and the movement, but my idea of fighting is to be the master of fighting,” Prochazka told RT Sport recently. “ That’s something because the true master is in a fight for (only) the time what is necessary. That was not the master with Dominick. That was a war. That was a war and I don’t like it.” Prochazka may be the only person that didn’t like it. Given Reyes’ reputation as the man who arguably beat Jon Jones (Reyes lost a highly controversial decision to Jones) following the win last Saturday, fans tapped Prochazka to fight for the light heavyweight title next. However, while Prochazka is gunning for a title shot soon, he made it clear that he does not ascribe to that same line of thinking with regard to Jones’ close call against Reyes. “If you want to take a title, you need to beat the holder of title definitively, like KO or TKO,” Prochazka said. “Dominick didn’t do that so I think that fight was close but it was right (for) Jones to win that fight between Reyes and Jones. But his performance in this fight was much better than Jones but to be the champion you need to knock him down because Jon Jones win all the fights just with some little active and with great defense and just controlling the movement, nothing else.” But though Prochazka doesn’t believe Reyes beat Jones, he himself would love an opportunity to face off against the greatest light heavyweight of all time, if someday that might be in the cards. “He’s the king of the light heavyweight division,” Prochazka said of Jones. “I think he would be the greatest opponent of the light heavyweight division for me. But he’s now in heavyweight, so what now. So yeah, I’m a little bit, not sorry, I’m not sorry for that, but I think when he will be in light heavyweight that will be more dangerous for everybody.” Unfortunately for Prochazka, Jones has made a concerted effort to add size and move up to heavyweight and has showed little interest in returning the stomping grounds he once lorded over, for now at least. And while Prochazka has not ruled out the possibility of moving up to heavyweight eventually, for now the new kid on the block will be content with a title fight against light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz. “I’m looking for the toughest fighters,” Prochazka said. “The toughest fighters, the first one was Volkan (Oezdemir) and I think he is great but there is a better opponent before him. Dominick was one of the greatest opponents in light heavyweight division, I think. His style is very unique and very dangerous. And the next one I think, now, is Blachowicz. That’s what I’m looking for now.” TOP STORIES Results. Marina Rodriguez outlasts Michelle Waterson at UFC Vegas 26. Results. Sergio Pettis out-strikes Juan Archuleta to win bantamweight title, Anthony Johnson scores KO in debut at Bellator 258. Cowboy. Donald Cerrone ‘heartbroken’ after latest loss but he will return: ‘I couldn’t let my legacy end like this’. Recovery. Geoff Neal plans to ‘take some time away’ to deal with serious health issues after suffering second straight loss. Boxing. Canelo Alvarez adds WBO super middleweight title to collection after Billy Joe Saunders fails to get off the stool in the eighth. VIDEO STEW UFC Vegas 26 Post Show. UFC 262 Countdown. Best finishes of April on UFC Fight Pass. That fight would be awesome. LISTEN UP On To The Next One. Matches to make following UFC Vegas 26. Severe MMA. Discussing UFC Vegas 26, Bellator, and UFC 262. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE Respect. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Marina Rodriguez (@marinarodriguezmma) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Michelle Waterson (@karatehottiemma) I’m extremely confident Conor is not the best fisherman in MMA but the last one is great. This Gregor Gillespie cat is no way in hell the best fisherman in MMA. Not even fuckin close!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 9, 2021 I am fishin. pic.twitter.com/LRb5cp1xFL— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 9, 2021 Fishing is actually fucking tremendous you guys. Add some Proper Twelve Irish Whiskey in to that mix and you’ve got yourself one hell of a really, really enjoyable and relaxing occasion! @ProperWhiskey #ProperWhiskeyandFishing #WhosIn? pic.twitter.com/pkAi2E3tNC— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 9, 2021 pic.twitter.com/ha8MlIZPnh— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 9, 2021

Morning Report: Jiri Prochazka wants to fight Jan Blachowicz next but calls Jon Jones ‘greatest opponent’ for himself
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

At the beginning of this month, Jiri Prochazka had a sterling sophomore appearance in the UFC, knocking out Dominick Reyes in the main event of UFC Vegas 25 with a spinning back elbow. The finish was immediately lauded as a Knockout of the Year contender and vaulted Prochazka up to third in the UFC light heavyweight rankings. But for as great a showing as it was, the former KSW light heavyweight champion was not as excited about his performance as everyone else was.

“I’m enjoying what I’m doing, the show and the movement, but my idea of fighting is to be the master of fighting,” Prochazka told RT Sport recently. “ That’s something because the true master is in a fight for (only) the time what is necessary. That was not the master with Dominick. That was a war. That was a war and I don’t like it.”

Prochazka may be the only person that didn’t like it. Given Reyes’ reputation as the man who arguably beat Jon Jones (Reyes lost a highly controversial decision to Jones) following the win last Saturday, fans tapped Prochazka to fight for the light heavyweight title next. However, while Prochazka is gunning for a title shot soon, he made it clear that he does not ascribe to that same line of thinking with regard to Jones’ close call against Reyes.

“If you want to take a title, you need to beat the holder of title definitively, like KO or TKO,” Prochazka said. “Dominick didn’t do that so I think that fight was close but it was right (for) Jones to win that fight between Reyes and Jones. But his performance in this fight was much better than Jones but to be the champion you need to knock him down because Jon Jones win all the fights just with some little active and with great defense and just controlling the movement, nothing else.”

But though Prochazka doesn’t believe Reyes beat Jones, he himself would love an opportunity to face off against the greatest light heavyweight of all time, if someday that might be in the cards.

“He’s the king of the light heavyweight division,” Prochazka said of Jones. “I think he would be the greatest opponent of the light heavyweight division for me. But he’s now in heavyweight, so what now. So yeah, I’m a little bit, not sorry, I’m not sorry for that, but I think when he will be in light heavyweight that will be more dangerous for everybody.”

Unfortunately for Prochazka, Jones has made a concerted effort to add size and move up to heavyweight and has showed little interest in returning the stomping grounds he once lorded over, for now at least. And while Prochazka has not ruled out the possibility of moving up to heavyweight eventually, for now the new kid on the block will be content with a title fight against light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz.

“I’m looking for the toughest fighters,” Prochazka said. “The toughest fighters, the first one was Volkan (Oezdemir) and I think he is great but there is a better opponent before him. Dominick was one of the greatest opponents in light heavyweight division, I think. His style is very unique and very dangerous. And the next one I think, now, is Blachowicz. That’s what I’m looking for now.”


TOP STORIES

Results. Marina Rodriguez outlasts Michelle Waterson at UFC Vegas 26.

Results. Sergio Pettis out-strikes Juan Archuleta to win bantamweight title, Anthony Johnson scores KO in debut at Bellator 258.

Cowboy. Donald Cerrone ‘heartbroken’ after latest loss but he will return: ‘I couldn’t let my legacy end like this’.

Recovery. Geoff Neal plans to ‘take some time away’ to deal with serious health issues after suffering second straight loss.

Boxing. Canelo Alvarez adds WBO super middleweight title to collection after Billy Joe Saunders fails to get off the stool in the eighth.


VIDEO STEW

UFC Vegas 26 Post Show.

UFC 262 Countdown.

Best finishes of April on UFC Fight Pass.

That fight would be awesome.


LISTEN UP

On To The Next One. Matches to make following UFC Vegas 26.

Severe MMA. Discussing UFC Vegas 26, Bellator, and UFC 262.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Respect.

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I’m extremely confident Conor is not the best fisherman in MMA but the last one is great.

Also, Conor firing off a few other shady Tweets.

Truth.

Beef.

The man knows how to throw strikes.

Not a title anyone is going to fight over.

Did not anticipate this in 2021.

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Busy.

That’s a hell of a photo.

King.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

(14-4) vs. (9-3); UFC Fight Night, July 24.

(15-7) vs. (11-6); UFC Fight Night, Aug. 21.

(12-6) vs. (11-2); UFC Fight Night, Aug. 28.


FINAL THOUGHTS

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