Former UFC welterweight contender Dan Hardy hasn’t seen a fight from inside the Octagon since 2o12, but he’ll soon see a vast majority of the Atlantic Ocean because dude’s gonna race a yacht across it. A friggin’ yacht, you guys. Baller status.
“The Outlaw” is going to be a crew member of Great Britain’s team in the Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, according to a post on the UFC website. He’ll jump on a boat and do the damn thing for 5,300 miles from London to Rio de Janeiro, which apparently shouldn’t be a problem for a guy who has ZERO boating experience.
Hardy’s words via UFC.com:
“I’ve had no previous experience of sailing but I have grown up with a strong affection for the sea, which I’ve always wanted to explore further, and I love to challenge myself. To learn to sail and represent my country as part of a team on the GREAT Britain entry in the Clipper Race was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.
“The Clipper Race will be an entirely new challenge for me. I’m used to competing individually against a physical opponent in contests which last for a maximum of five, five minute rounds, but in this situation I will be part of a team, taking on 11 other teams as well as Mother Nature – likely the strongest, most unpredictable opponent I’ve ever faced – in a battle which will take an entire month. It will be a real test.”
Kudos to you, Dan, because traveling 5,300 miles in a boat race sounds like a long way to endure seasickness. Every time I step on a boat, I wanna yack all my insides off the stern and count down until I reach land again. Hopefully that doesn’t happen to you. Pack some Dramamine and best of luck.
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