Dan Hardy is done shutting up.
The former welterweight and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) commentator was released from the promotion in May 2021 after an alleged incident with an employee. Since then, Hardy has continued to stay on the mixed martial arts (MMA) scene, breaking down fights and podcasts.
After sharing his thoughts that the UFC and President Dana White staged a backstage scene after the one-sided Max Holloway vs. Calvin Kattar fight (watch highlights), Hardy suffered a backlash from White himself- even last weekend. White called “The Outlaw” bitter over his release from the company and said he abused an employee, which led to the decision being made. Hardy was quick to deny the allegations.
“You can say whatever you want at the press conference,” Hardy said on his YouTube channel (h/t MMA Fighting). “I don’t care. I don’t care what you think either, Dana. I don’t know, honestly. I did it once, and there are a lot of fighters who don’t care what you think. , but they don’t care what you think because you’re in control. They wouldn’t look at you on the street if you didn’t control the UFC, and certainly not how you treat people. Jesus. People will wake up one day, they will wake up — slowly, people do. And if you have enough thorns in your side, you will eventually bleed. Never forget that.
“’I know what we’re going to do. We love our athletes, we care so much about them, let’s start a slap fight league. Let’s trade concussions for cash,” he joked. “I mean, come on. And you gonna advertise me while I’m trying to watch MMA, while I’m trying to watch my sport? Go on. Say one thing, do another. Say one thing, talk some shit, do another. It’s the same pattern over and over again.
Hardy spent 13 years under the UFC umbrella, starting as a fighter in October 2008. It wasn’t until he left that opinions began to clash.
Now that he’s freed from the corporate machine, however, Hardy sees no reason not to speak up when he knows others would if they could.
“There are a lot of bulls in this sport, a lot of bulls in this industry,” Hardy said. “Unfortunately, society has taken over, and I’m not a moral person. I’m an MMA nerd who sits in my room and does research. I don’t do all the schmoozing and drinking Prosecco. I can’t take it. So my relationship with the UFC and everything else is irrelevant to me, because I rediscovered my love of martial arts. After going through this quagmire of fucking nonsense, I’m got to this point where I realized this is where I’m supposed to be.
“There are people in there that I hope and trust that they would be able to stand up and say the right thing, and consistently let me down,” he said. he continued. “Constantly I see people who should be speaking up and saying, ‘Wait a minute, that’s not true, that scale hasn’t settled. Who are you? You work for the organization, you shouldn’t even touch the scale. I see this nonsense, this shenanigans, this f-king all the time, and there’s no reason why I can’t tell you about it anymore.
During his time as a fighter, Hardy wasn’t much of a “trash talker”, but he spoke with a lot of confidence. Openly admitting this, Hardy just can’t get over the bad label given to him by his former boss.
“I may be talkative, but I would never abuse a woman, an employee — I never would,” Hardy said. “Anyone who has worked with me knows that. Anyone who knows me would know that.
“So you ask me if I’m bitter, yeah, I’m probably a little bit bitter, but ultimately what I wanted to do was let you know I see the game that was played,” he continued. . “Mistreating a woman? Unbelievable. He was a co-worker of mine that I knew and worked with as a fighter and UFC ambassador for probably 12, 15 years.
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