Greg Hardy may have known the rules to mixed martial arts (MMA) when he stepped into the Octagon for the first time last night (Sat., Jan. 19, 2018) at UFC on ESPN+ 1 from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, but it sure didn’t seem like it.
During the second round of his co-main event clash with fellow heavyweight prospect Allen Crowder, Hardy landed a vicious illegal knee to the head while Crowder had one knee planted on the canvas. After Crowder was given a few moments to try to collect himself from the devastating blow the bout was ultimately waved off and Hardy was handed out a disqualification.
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This was obviously not the outcome UFC wanted for Hardy’s debut on ESPN+. At this rate, given Hardy’s turbulent past, a loss might have been better off than a DQ. It will be hard to recover from this if your Hardy, as well as UFC, so it will be interesting to see where each party goes from here.
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