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.LINK