Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), in its infinite wisdom, decided it was a good idea to book a fighter with a history of domestic violence on the same card as a victim of alleged domestic violence, because there’s no such thing as bad publicity.
A quote made famous by P.T. Barnum.
Anyway, since the promotion isn’t going to stick up for Rachael Ostovich after the Hawaiian decided to commit to her Paige VanZant fight (in spite of this), heavyweight bruiser Allen Crowder will handle things instead.
Starting with a victory over Greg Hardy.
“I definitely want to win this fight for her,” Crowder told TMZ. “I’m very against men beating women and I’m definitely not a woman. He’s gonna have a lot harder time with me than he did the last person. It’s definitely a bad situation, I don’t know how she’s taking it or what she’s going through, best of luck to her and her fight. I’m gonna get that win for her and we’ll go from there.”
Crowder (9-3, 1 NC) is coming off a knockout loss to surging heavyweight prospect Justin Willis at UFC 218 roughly one year back. The defeat snapped a four-fight winning streak for “Pretty Boy,” who also competed for Bellator MMA back in May 2017.
As for Hardy (3-0), he’s pretty much run through the competition in both the amateur circuit and the professional ranks, which includes two victories on Dana White’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series” on the Fight Pass digital network (sample here).
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