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Dan Hardy Says It Would Take Diego Sanchez To Get Him Out Of Retirement

Andrew Ravens

Diego Sanchez

Dan Hardy has been retired since 2012 and was actually on a two fight winning streak prior to retiring from the sport of MMA. Now, the only fight he has in mind of getting him out of retirement would be against Diego Sanchez

“I spoke to the doctor that works for the UFC in the U.K., and he said he thinks it’s not really much of an issue to get me cleared,” Hardy said. “It’s just a case of going through the right tests and seeing the right cardiologists, guys that aren’t going to make a buck out of selling an operation to me. And that’s really where I am at the moment, particularly with the U.S. doctors. They’re trying to sell me a car, and I don’t need it.”

Diego Sanchez (24-7) He has six knockouts, nine submission and nine decision victories, while he has been knocked out once and lost by decision six times.

The long time fighter has been with the UFC since 2005 where he appeared on the Ultimate Fighter. Yes, the original. In his last seven fights, he is 3-4. He lost to John Hathaway via unanimous decision at UFC 114 – Rampage vs. Evans on May / 29 / 2010, but then went on a two fight winning streak with wins over Paulo Thiago via unanimous decision at UFC 121 – Lesnar vs. Velasquez on Oct / 23 / 2010 and then Martin Kampmann via unanimous decision at UFC Live 3 – Sanchez vs. Kampmann on Mar / 03 / 2011.

“I’d like to get in there and maybe push him toward retirement,” he said. “Get my comeback fight, give him his last fight, and see where we’re at.” “Diego Sanchez, because after Ross Pearson got robbed, that was one of the worst decisions I’ve ever seen,” he said.

He lost to Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision at UFC on Fuel TV 1 – Sanchez vs. Ellenberger on Feb / 15 / 2012, but got a win over Takanori Gomi via split decision at UFC on Fuel TV 8 – Silva vs. Stann on Mar / 03 / 2013

“I think Diego represents the old school, where you just walk forward in a boxing stance and see who falls over first.”

In Sanchez last two fights, he has lost both. First against Gilbert Melendez via unanimous decision at UFC 166 – Velasquez vs. dos Santos 3 on Oct / 19 / 2013 and then in his last fight against Myles Jury via unanimous decision at UFC 171 – Hendricks vs. Lawler on Mar / 15 / 2014.

Right Now, Sanchez does not have a fight and Hardy is retired for he moment. He has been handling commentary for the UFC on UFC Fight Pass for the past couple of months.


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