Gregory McKarl Hardy, what emotions & thoughts does he draw out of UFC fans or the general public? He was a slightly above average football player with the Carolina Panthers & Dallas Cowboys. Let’s take a look at his recent history. In May 2014, he was arrested for assault and communicating threats against his ex-girlfriend. He was alleged to have thrown her against furniture, strangled and threatened to kill her. A few months later in July he was found guilty & sentenced. With the help of an appeal and a failure to appear by the victim all charges were dropped and later expunged from his record.
With all the controversy surrounding him, the NFL and the Carolina Panthers placed him on the exempt list. He would never play another game with the Carolina Panthers. In the following offseason, he signed a one year deal with the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL in regards to its own investigation suspended Greg Hardy for 10 games. As was his right he appealed and had his suspension reduced by an arbitrator to four games. Following his tenure with the Cowboys and the NFL, he had one more run-in with the law, an arrest due to cocaine possession.
Having no future in football Greg Hardy started his transition in the world of MMA. Each of his three amateur fights all ended via first-round knockouts. This then caught the eye of UFC president Dana White. He was placed on Dana Whites’ Tuesday Night Contender series. Now I will freely admit his three professional fights were very impressive. As was the case in his amateur fights his three professional fights ended the same way all via first-round knockout. Now as impressive as he has been I think we’ve seen this athletic reach before. Does anyone remember CM Punk? What MMA background did either have or show before getting the call to the big lights of the UFC? We haven’t seen yet what if any, ground game he has.
All this leads me to question why the president of a multibillion-dollar company enlist the type of person Greg Hardy is? Does anyone want to see him fight other than hoping he gets sent into next week? Lastly, even IF he did warrant the opportunity to work in the UFC why is he put on this card. A card that now has a warrior in every sense of the word and a domestic violence survivor making her return to the Octagon in Rachael Ostovich. Does this “man” I use the term very loosely deserve to be on a card with her….NO and she has no business having him in her presence.
Wake up Dana, wake up.
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