Dan Hardy requests UFC release


In a recent interview with Submission Radio, Hardy (25-10 MMA, 7-4 UFC) said he requested his release from the UFC as a fighter, too, and wants to explore other homes for his return to competition.

“The only thing that’s happened is I’ve asked two different people for my release from the UFC,” Hardy said. “Because obviously with one contract coming to an end, it makes sense for me to leave with my fight contract, as well. So, I’m currently trying to get my release from the UFC so I can start looking at other places. I’ve got a few ideas and a few options that I’d like to consider, but getting a hold of someone (has been hard). I might have to recruit Joshua Fabia to get someone’s attention at some point.”
“I think even if it got to a stage where I could get the UFC to give me an opponent, it’s not gonna be 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 that they can build the next name. And I’m not interested in fighting someone that nobody knows.

“Like, ‘Cowboy,’ Matt Brown (I would fight). They would never in a million years give me the Nick Diaz fight. They’ll use Nick Diaz to build somebody else up. And 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.”
“I mean, I’d love to fight in Japan,” Hardy said. “I’ve always been a big fan of Japan. You know, RIZIN. ONE Championship are doing amazing things. I actually think that would be a great place for Diego (Sanchez) to go. They’ve got Shinya Aoki floating around there that’s, what, got 47 wins on his record? I’d like to see Diego against Aoki. That’d be an interesting one. But as soon as that UFC door closed, so many other doors opened.

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