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Old 02-09-2013, 01:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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UFC on FOX 7's Dan Hardy says retirement on the horizon

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A four-fight skid that nearly ended his UFC career also brought clarity to Dan Hardy.

Now back on the winning track, the British welterweight is planning to retire next year, if all goes well.

"I'm ready for a new challenge, I'll be honest," Hardy said. "There are a lot of things about this sport that I love, and a lot of things about this sport that I don't like at all."

Hardy declined to elaborate on his reasons for leaving and said he'll do so when he's closer to retirement.

"Martial arts for me has always been a tool to understand myself a little more, and it's getting to the stage where it's run its course now," he offered. "The structure the sport has taken on is taking away from that for me, and I think I'm best served to be somewhere else in the future."

For now, Hardy (25-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) is focused on a fight with Matt Brown (16-11 MMA, 9-4 UFC) at UFC on FOX 7, which takes place April 20 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif.

"Whatever Matt can bring, I can bring it back on him tenfold and make it really rough for him," Hardy said.

The fight is the first of what Hardy hopes is a five-fight win streak ending with a defense of the UFC welterweight title, which is currently held by the man who first halted his octagon win streak, Georges St-Pierre.

Hardy belted out four straight wins before getting a shot at the French-Canadian champ at UFC 111. In a one-sided fight, St-Pierre won via unanimous decision.

Subsequent losses to Carlos Condit, Anthony Johnson and Chris Lytle prompted many fans to wonder whether Hardy would be released from his contract, but UFC executive Lorenzo Fertitta said the fighter's job was safe.

Hardy then rebounded with a first-round KO of Duane Ludwig, which earned him a $70,000 performance bonus, and outpointed Amir Sadollah in his most recent outing.

Seizing upon current momentum is Hardy's chief goal.

"As of right now, I just need to embrace that instinctual inner-reptile and have a run at the belt again," he said. "I'm excited about this year because my potential is sky-high, and it's completely open for me to do whatever I like with it. I'm very determined to make this a big year for me and step away from the top of the sport and do something else for a while."

Of the many things he plans to do after hanging up his gloves, Hardy plans to get a doctorate in philosophy and backpack around South America, where he visited this past summer and participated in a life-changing ayahuasca retreat.

"I'll never be away from the gym for too long," he said. "I couldn't walk away from it entirely. I just think there's a time to review where you're at and see what you want to do with the rest of your life, and I think in that two years when I was losing, I had a lot of time to do that, and I made plans for the future that I was excited about. Now, I've got a second chance at my UFC career, and I'm going to run at it and see what happens after it."
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A friend of mine recommended this to me. She said the same thing how a ayahuasca retreat would be "life-changing." Then I consulted with a Peruvian native and he flat out said...you are not ready for it...haha. Anybody have first hand experience.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow.. Hardy is still pretty young IMO... I guess every man has to have their own motivations though. I wish him in luck as I love to watch him fight.
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If that's the case, Im even more behind Brown.
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A friend of mine recommended this to me. She said the same thing how a ayahuasca retreat would be "life-changing." Then I consulted with a Peruvian native and he flat out said...you are not ready for it...haha. Anybody have first hand experience.
Not ayahuasca but mushrooms acid and mescalin. They are all hullacinagenics. You dont need ayahuasca you could get the same look at things with mushrooms maybe on a little less of a level. Basically you need to be mentally ready to do hallucinagenics if you have never done them before its best to do it with someone who has in a safe environment. You cannot fight it either you have to embrace it otherwise bad trips will come. It will shatter your ego and will make you look at your life and life in general differently from then on out. One thing though to be sure of if you have anything you are worrying about like a break up with someone debt issues just anything that you are dealing with in real life do not do it at that time because your problems are all you will think about and it will be overwhelming and you will not have a good time. Also you need to do them with someone on your mental level who thinks like you because you will be on the same page. It can **** with you if whoever is on them is not thinking in the same way you are while doing them something as simple as getting food or drinks or finding keys can become an adventure. What music whats on the TV things like that can play a big role and you want someone with you that will agree with what environment should be like.
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Not ayahuasca but mushrooms acid and mescalin. They are all hullacinagenics. You dont need ayahuasca you could get the same look at things with mushrooms maybe on a little less of a level. Basically you need to be mentally ready to do hallucinagenics if you have never done them before its best to do it with someone who has in a safe environment. You cannot fight it either you have to embrace it otherwise bad trips will come. It will shatter your ego and will make you look at your life and life in general differently from then on out. One thing though to be sure of if you have anything you are worrying about like a break up with someone debt issues just anything that you are dealing with in real life do not do it at that time because your problems are all you will think about and it will be overwhelming and you will not have a good time. Also you need to do them with someone on your mental level who thinks like you because you will be on the same page. It can **** with you if whoever is on them is not thinking in the same way you are while doing them something as simple as getting food or drinks or finding keys can become an adventure. What music whats on the TV things like that can play a big role and you want someone with you that will agree with what environment should be like.

coming from someone who has had a shitload of acid (small doses) in the past, your pretty much spot on here!

mental ability/strength is paramount if your guna go down this road. and i can honestly say that it broadened my mind alot, gave me alot of insight

i used to take it and go clubbing, and at no point during the night did i care about picking up chicks. was all about music and discussing the wonders of the world with my mates

alcohol on the other hand.....
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Not ayahuasca but mushrooms acid and mescalin. They are all hullacinagenics. You dont need ayahuasca you could get the same look at things with mushrooms maybe on a little less of a level. Basically you need to be mentally ready to do hallucinagenics if you have never done them before its best to do it with someone who has in a safe environment. You cannot fight it either you have to embrace it otherwise bad trips will come. It will shatter your ego and will make you look at your life and life in general differently from then on out. One thing though to be sure of if you have anything you are worrying about like a break up with someone debt issues just anything that you are dealing with in real life do not do it at that time because your problems are all you will think about and it will be overwhelming and you will not have a good time. Also you need to do them with someone on your mental level who thinks like you because you will be on the same page. It can **** with you if whoever is on them is not thinking in the same way you are while doing them something as simple as getting food or drinks or finding keys can become an adventure. What music whats on the TV things like that can play a big role and you want someone with you that will agree with what environment should be like.
Intriguing.

The thing about Hardy and many other fighters who once carried Hubris learn how hard of a fall it is when they lose. He's certainly matured over time. I would place Diego Sanchez and even Brock in that category. He's an entertaining fighter so he has nothing to worry about.
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Dan Hardy contemplating retirement within the next year - sort of

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UFC welterweight Dan Hardy has a plan, and it might just include retirement from MMA relatively soon. The British fighter has always had a unique way of looking at the sport and it seems like some aspects of it are beginning to grate on him. In an interview with MMA Junkie, Hardy was guarded about the reasons but did lay out how he feels about possibly moving on:

"I'm ready for a new challenge, I'll be honest. There are a lot of things about this sport that I love, and a lot of things about this sport that I don't like at all."

"Martial arts for me has always been a tool to understand myself a little more, and it's getting to the stage where it's run its course now. The structure the sport has taken on is taking away from that for me, and I think I'm best served to be somewhere else in the future."

Hardy's stock plummeted when he lost four fights in a row in the UFC, which led some fans to ask why he was still employed with the organization. But he rebounded by knocking out Duane Ludwig and picking up a decision win over Amir Sadollah, and Hardy is looking to ride the momentum into his UFC on Fox 7 bout with Matt Brown. He has a very specific plan before his retirement - five straight wins, which includes winning the UFC welterweight title and defending it once. And if he's able to do that, he'll walk away:

"As of right now, I just need to embrace that instinctual inner-reptile and have a run at the belt again. I'm excited about this year because my potential is sky-high, and it's completely open for me to do whatever I like with it. I'm very determined to make this a big year for me and step away from the top of the sport and do something else for a while."

The quest will begin on April 20th in Anaheim.
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