The inaugural PFL Europe season kicks off later this month, and none other than Dan Hardy has joined the promotion to oversee the league’s European branch.
In a press release distributed Wednesday, Professional Fighters League officials announced that Hardy will serve as Head of Fighter Operations for PFL Europe.
Hardy, a former UFC title challenger, had worked for that promotion on the broadcast side, but parted ways with the company after hitting a rocky patch that included a verbal spat with ref Herb Dean during a live event, and a dispute with a fellow employee.
“The Outlaw” dropped out of active competition in 2013 after being diagnosed with Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome, though he later announced he had been cleared to return in 2018. Despite that, Hardy has not fought since a 2012 victory against Amir Sadollah.
“I’m excited to be taking on the role as Head of Fighter Operations for PFL Europe. This will allow me to bring together the best MMA prospects from around the region, and give each of them an opportunity to establish themselves as world class talent. PFL Europe will bring stability to the opportunities available to European MMA athletes, and I’m honoured to be able to play a role in that process,” Hardy was quoted as saying in Wednesday’s press release.
The inaugural PFL Europe season kicks off in Newcastle, England on March 25.