The Weird & Wild Origins Of 10 UFC Fighters’ Nicknames


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Dan ‘The Outlaw’ Hardy

Hailing from Nottingham, England, the setting of the classic ‘Robin Hood’ folktale, you may think that’s all there is to know about how Dan Hardy became ‘The Outlaw,’ but there’s more to it than that.

Early in his career, Hardy became frustrated that his coach at the time couldn’t find him fights as frequently as he wanted and so he decided to split from him.

However, his ex-coach didn’t take too kindly to that snub and used his influence in the Midlands region of the UK to force other fighters not to train with Hardy.

Exiled from the martial arts community, Hardy first gave himself ‘The Outlaw’ nickname while posting on the Cage Warriors website when he began seeking out new training partners online.

The nickname became even apter when Hardy discovered that in olden times, outlaws in England were known as ‘Wolf Head’s,’ and in the legal system the Latin translation for ‘Outlaw’ was, ‘Let his be the head of a wolf.’

This resonated with Hardy over the years as he had encounters with wolves while he was training martial arts in Peru, and years later he would be diagnosed with a heart defect that was coincidentally known as ‘Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome.’