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One of, if not the most popular mixed martial arts fighter ever to come out of the United Kingdom and Europe, Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy has accomplished a lot in the sport and has always entertained. Fans should enjoy him while they can however as it appears he could be set to retire in 2014.

This comes according to a report yesterday by MMAJunkie.com.

“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 is next set to grace the octagon this April in San Jose, California when he takes on hard hitting TUF 7 cast member Matt “The Immortal” Brown at UFC on Fox 7. Although it is extremely unlikely that he would consider retirement early following the Brown fight, an injury or bad loss, like the one he suffered at the hands of Carlos Condit, could change that.

As of yet Hardy has declined to inform us of his exact reasons he is contemplating retirement but said he would elaborate when he’s closer to actually retiring.

“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.”

So what would a former UFC world title challenger do once retired? Hardy said in the report he would like to return to school and earn a doctorate in Philosophy before back packing around the continent of South America.

“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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By Nathan Court (@nathancourt)

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