Ex-NFL Player Greg Hardy To Make UFC Debut On First Ever ESPN Card In January
This might be the most incredibly tone deaf decision by an organization ever.
Greg Hardy’s off-field misconduct towards the opposite sex ultimately ended his football career. He has since started an MMA career and has been quite successful, now that he actually has to fight men.
Nobody thought the former Dallas Cowboys defensive end would ever make it to the big time, let alone a big network, but that’s exactly what’s going to happen in 2019.
The controversial Ex-NFL player is now slated to make his official UFC debut on Jan. 19 at the first ever card airing on ESPN and ESPN+.
.@bokamotoESPN is reporting that Greg Hardy will make his UFC debut on the same Jan. 19 card that Rachael Ostovich will fight on. That’s incredibly poor judgment by the UFC and so easily avoidable.
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) December 5, 2018
UFC president Dana White confirmed that the fight is nearly finalized, although contracts had not been signed when speaking to ESPN on Tuesday.
Hardy is expected to face Contender Series veteran Allen Crowder, who is currently 0-1 in his UFC campaign.
What makes this decision incredibly tone deaf is the fact that he will be on the same card as Rachael Ostovich, whose husband faces a second-degree assault charge for allegedly beating her last month.
Hardy was convicted for domestic violence in 2014 only to later have the charges dropped after the victim failed to appear in court. Now the former football player turned fighter will get his opportunity to compete in the UFC on the first ever ESPN card on Jan. 19 that airs from the Barclay Center in Brooklyn, NY.