The career of Dan Hardy has had its ups and downs, but one thing is certain: The man loves to fight.
Hardy recently announced that retirement is on his horizon. The former title challenger is at a point in his career where there is not much left to accomplish other than winning the title. However, he would need to pull off an incredible winning streak over big names to even be considered.
Anyways, it will be interesting to see what happens with Hardy. Here are five careers for him to consider after UFC retirement.
Dan Hardy has the charisma, personality and interesting look that it takes to become an actor. I'm not sure if he would win any Golden Globes, but he could definitely make a living as a supporting actor.
Imagine him on Sons of Anarchy. That would be an awesome role for him, with his tattoos and mohawk. There's even a charter in Belfast on the show.
How about playing Rufio in a remake of the movie Hook? Just look at that picture—that's Dan Hardy with a tad more hair!
Plus, in acting, you can't get knocked out by Carlos Condit.
Dan Hardy has technical, powerful striking. His skill on the feet would be a great asset to any camp looking for a striking coach.
Roy Nelson has said in interviews before that Hardy has worked with him on his striking. Hardy could make the move to coaching like many fighters before him.
Guys like Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell have received UFC office jobs in their retirement, and seeing how Dana White loves Dan Hardy, it wouldn't be surprising to see him get a nine-to-five job as well.
Hardy is immensely popular in the United Kingdom, so he could easily become an ambassador of the sport for his native land.
However, if you call him in his office, don't make him mad—he might smash the water cooler and copy machine.
Many fighters complain about refs and judges, but few fail to do anything about it in their retirement. Dan Hardy could take the road that Ricardo Almeida took after retiring.
That is, become a judge.
Hardy would know more about what goes on in the cage than most judges in the sport. Seeing how wild the scorecards were at the UFC on Fuel event in England, Hardy could help improve judging with his presence at the table.
Alternatively, Hardy could become a referee. Again, he knows the rules and would be a great addition as the third man in the cage.
How awesome would it be to see Dan Hardy protect and serve?
It's a really random career choice, but simply seeing Hardy and his red mohawk matched up with a police uniform is hilarious. He wouldn't need to carry a gun, he could just kick criminals in the head.