Greg Hardy’s circuitous road thus far under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner got a bit bumpier last Friday night (Oct. 18, 2019) after his win over Ben Sosoli at UFC on ESPN 6 was overturned to a “No Contest” after he illegally used an asthma inhaler between rounds. Even though video evidence shows “The Prince of War” asking a member of the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC) permission prior to using it before round three began.
After getting the nod on the judges scorecards to earn what he thought would be his third win inside the Octagon, Hardy’s smile was turned upside-down moments later when MSAC opted to overturn his win. According to an MSAC spokesperson, the reason for the ruling was because Hardy and Co. never cleared it with them prior to the event.
“The inhaler was not pre-approved by the commission for use during the fight in accordance with the Commission’s regulations,” MSAC spokesperson Carolyn Assa told MMA Fighting. “Therefore, the commission overturned the win and declared the bout a ‘No Contest.’”
According to Hardy, though, the commission did, in fact, know about it prior.
“(I’m) super sad,” Hardy said during UFC Boston’s post-fight press conference (replay HERE). “It’s a ventolin albuterol inhaler for exercise-induced asthma. I used it my whole life. I sign the commission paperwork when I weighed in. It’s on the USADA paperwork when I take every single drug test so that y’all know that I’m not taking steroids. I’m just naturally a monster.”
UFC President Dana White, meanwhile, remained puzzled by the whole drama circling “Inhalergate,” but did say that Din Thomas — Hardy’s coach — should have known better. Others like Jon McCarthy put the blame on the commission member who gave Hardy the green light.
“Did Greg Hardy try to cheat? No,” McCarthy said to MMA Fighting. “He’s asking in front of everyone, ‘Can I use this?’ So everything that you’re looking at, no matter what, goes down to one person. It was that inspector who allowed him to do that. That inspector did not know the rules, and that inspector created the entire situation. All he needed to say is, ‘I don’t know. Don’t do that. Let me find out.’”
Unfortunately for Hardy, the commission result stands at the moment, though his management team did reveal plans to file an appeal, according to the report.
For complete UFC Boston results and coverage click here.