Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White previously took a hardline stance against fighters charged with domestic assault, which is why featherweight Will Chope and light heavyweight Thiago Silva were given the heave-ho in 2014.
“There’s one thing that you never bounce back from, and that’s putting your hands on a woman,” White said (read his full statement here). “It’s been that way in UFC since we started here. You don’t bounce back from putting your hands on a woman.”
Former 205-pound title contender Anthony Johnson, however, bounced right back.
Sure, he was sentenced to three years probation and forced to undergo domestic violence counseling, but the promotion loves guys who WAR! That’s probably why Abel Trujillo was able to keep his spot as well, despite two charges of domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury.
I guess Greg Hardy falls into the latter category.
The former NFL defensive lineman — charged with domestic abuse in 2014 — was given a chance to slug his way into UFC by way of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, where he’ll collide with fellow gridiron veteran Austen Lane.
Unless White is willing to listen to victims of domestic violence.
Good afternoon, @danawhite, @ufc. On September 10, 2014, you said,"You don't bounce back from putting your hands on a woman."— Suzanne Davis (@SoozieCuzie) May 23, 2018
As an MMA fan and a victim of domestic violence myself, I'm asking you to reconsider having Greg Hardy fight on the Tuesday Night Contender Series. 1/2 pic.twitter.com/HS0DrFtORL
If you won't reconsider, could you at the very least pass along a couple of useful resources so that other victims of domestic violence know where to go should they need help?— Suzanne Davis (@SoozieCuzie) May 23, 2018
Thank you. 2/2https://t.co/5HVVdmTgx5https://t.co/t8MYg39VQxhttps://t.co/WekzV9ewx4
I'm a domestic abuse and rape survivor. I agree wholeheartedly with this.— Amy Kaplan (@PhotoAmy33) May 23, 2018
Your move, UFC.