Dan Hardy not hanging them up just yet

Dan Hardy won a unanimous decision over opponent Amir Sadollah.The Ultimate Fighting Championships...

Dan Hardy won a unanimous decision over opponent Amir Sadollah.The Ultimate Fighting Championships UFC on Fuel TV: Struve Vs Miocic event at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England on September, 29, 2012. (WENN.com)

DANIEL AUSTIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:31 PM ET

Dan Hardy insists his time in the octagon isn't done.

The 31-year-old hasn't fought in almost a year and a half, and while it was announced Friday that he'll be taking a broadcasting role with the UFC, the man they call 'The Outlaw' says his new gig doesn't mean he's calling it a day as a professional fighter.

Hardy, who was diagnosed with a rare heart defect called Wolff Parksinson White Syndrome shortly after beating Amir Sadollah at UFC on Fuel TV 5, has resisted surgery and has remained in shape in the enforced absence from the ring.

"I don't want to rush in and not really know what's going on with my heart," Hardy said. "Obviously I want to be sure that it isn't a problem, but I genuinely don't think it would cause any problems, it's just the technicality of finding a doctor who isn't trying to sell me a surgery and will tell the UFC I'm perfectly fine."


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