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Morning Report: Hoping for a 2015 return at lightweight, Dan Hardy would like to teach Diego Sanchez a lesson in martial arts

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Sidelined since being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome in 2012, UFC welterweight turned commentator Dan Hardy plans to return to fighting in 2015.

"I'm looking at getting cleared the beginning of next year," Hardy told MMAnytt. "I've spoken to a few doctors and it's looking positive. I don't see a reason why I wouldn't get cleared to fight, so now, really, it's just about getting back into training camp. Getting back into the groove of preparing for a fight."

Training every day, Hardy says his new physique more closely resembles the one he enjoyed prior to joining the UFC in 2008.

"When I was fighting at 170 [pounds] I was walking around 215," said Hardy. "Although I was a big, strong athlete in the weight class I was never as quick and agile as I used to be. That was my fighting style. I'm not a power puncher. My skill is speed, being a technician and just being better than my opponent. I feel like when I joined the UFC I got away from that."

Frustrated by the two-year layoff due to the rare heart disorder, Hardy wants two to three more fights before shifting his focus entirely to commentating.

"My natural weight has leveled out to about 178," said Hardy. "Even if I go back to fight at welterweight I wouldn't be a great deal bigger than I am now. I think lightweight would be a great challenge for me. I think there are a lot of good fighters at that weight class, a lot of good kick boxers so I could have some good fights."

One man Hardy has already set his sights on is Diego Sanchez. Scoring just a pair of controversial split decision wins over Takanori Gomi and Ross Pearson, Sanchez claims a shaky 2-3 record dating back to 2012.

"He's always kind of irritated me," Hardy said of Sanchez. "I like Diego, I respect him and I forgive him for his strangeness, but in my opinion he's kind of the problem with mixed martial arts. He started off as a really good fighter and he's just slowly gotten worse throughout his career. That is the opposite to how martial artists should develop.

"He's discarded technique, he's discarded logic and intelligence and he's gone with hard-headedness and blocking punches with his face. That is not a good example for future mixed martial artists. I just feel like, particularly with my fighting style and how it's developing the last couple of years, I think that I could really expose him and hopefully teach him something about the martial arts and where he's gone wrong."

If the booking should ever happen, Hardy isn't worried about ending up on the business end of another infamous Sanchez decision.

"I wouldn't need 15 minutes. I'm sure of that."



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Poll: Are Athletic Commissions Punishing Fighters Too Much?

Wanderlei Silva was recently banned from mma competition in Nevada and fined $70,000. All for running out on a drug screening. Why would the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) levy such a harsh punishment? It may be that they will not tolerate fighters who run from drug tests. Wanderlei's lawyer, Ross Goodman, argued

"It is abundantly clear that the NSAC lacks jurisdiction to take disciplinary action over Mr. Silva, a non-licensee, for not submitting to testing that the NSAC had no authority to order,"

Did the athletic commission impose this draconian sanction to 'prove' it has authority over fighters who aren't officially scheduled to fight? Silva wasn't even licensed. Chael Sonnen used this very same defense when he was popped for banned substances a second time. He reasoned that, because he wasn't scheduled to fight, the NSAC had no authority to test him. Do these two precedents give the NSAC authority to test fighters before they are OFFICIALLY scheduled to compete?


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