Dana White Insists Greg Hardy Isn’t Ready For UFC

MMA and NFL fans will have to wait a bit longer before potentially seeing Greg Hardy fight in the UFC.

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Greg Hardy impresses Dana White. But not enough to bring him up to the UFC quite yet.

Hardy was a two-time competitor on White’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series” on UFC Fight Pass. Both were dominant showings for the ex-NFL star.

With that being said, White told the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast that, despite being impressed with Hardy’s performances, they’ll wait a bit longer before calling him up to the UFC (via MMA Junkie):

“That was an impressive win,” White said. “The other wins he’s had, he’s been in there with guys standing and trading, and he ended up catching them and knock them out. This one, he actually gets his back, controls the arm and starts hammer-fisting him.

“Very impressive. He’s a guy that we’ll continue to bring up, continue to get him fights, and we’ll make the decision when he’s finally ready to come to the UFC.”

Hardy made the career switch back in 2016. He trains out of American Top Team (ATT) in Coconut Beach, Florida. Hardy dominated the regional scene with a 3-0 record as an amateur. He finished all of his opponents by way of knockout in the first round.

A Rising Star?

That dominance carried over into his professional career, as he made his pro-MMA debut in June. Hardy fought Austen Lane on Dana White’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series” and won via knockout. He returned two months later and dispatched Tebaris Gordon in 17 seconds via TKO.

Recently, Hardy competed in his first professional MMA fight outside the UFC umbrella. He defeated Rasheem Jones with a first-round knockout in under a minute for the Xtreme Fight Night promotion. Hardy’s physical attributes and knockout power have certainly been shining through in his first few fights as a pro.

Perhaps one day the MMA world will get to see it on a much larger scale inside the UFC’s Octagon.

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Dana White Still Waiting to Call-Up Greg Hardy to UFC Roster Despite Latest Win

Not only is Greg Hardy wondering when he’ll make his UFC debut but also, fight fans. Over the weekend, the former NFL player was back in action when he scored a 53 second knockout of Rasheem Jones at an XFN event in Tulsa, Oklahoma that aired on UFC’s …

Not only is Greg Hardy wondering when he’ll make his UFC debut but also, fight fans. Over the weekend, the former NFL player was back in action when he scored a 53 second knockout of Rasheem Jones at an XFN event in Tulsa, Oklahoma that aired on UFC’s streaming service, Fight Pass. It was another […]

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Greg Hardy Smashes Another Opponent In Seconds For Third Pro Win

Hardy continues to roll through opponents put in his way.

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Greg Hardy smashes through yet another opponent in order to get his latest win as a pro-MMA fighter against lesser competition.

The former NFL player was back in action on Saturday night (September 29, 2018) as he scored a 53 second knockout of Rasheem Jones at an XFN event in Tulsa, Oklahoma that aired on UFC’s streaming service, Fight Pass. This was just another example of pushing Hardy as a star by putting him on their service despite it being a smaller show.

Greg Hardy Smashes

In the fight, Hardy won it after stuffing a bad takedown attempt from Jones that left him open to devastating strikes that ultimately led to the end of the fight. Hardy moves to 3-0 as a pro with a 3-0 amateur career.

It should be noted that he is currently under a rare developmental contract where the UFC is paying him to fight in the minor leagues. Once they feel that he’s ready, he will then fight in the UFC.

Hardy’s Background

The second professional mixed martial arts fight for the former NFL star was under the banner of UFC President Dana as he beat Tebaris Gordon on the August 7 episode of the show. This bout marked the first on Hardy’s new four-fight contract with Zuffa, the parent company of the UFC.

Hardy made his pro-MMA debut on the season 2 premiere (June 12, 2018) of ‘Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contenders Series.’ He faced off against fellow former NFL player Austen Lane in a heavyweight bout.

Hardy does have a history of domestic violence that started back in 2014. It all started once he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a former girlfriend and communicating threats against her life. As a result, he was convicted of domestic violence. However, after an appeal, the charges were eventually expunged from his record, which has led to people being skeptical of why the UFC wants to do business with him.

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Greg Hardy KOs Rasheem Jones in 53 Seconds at Xtreme Fight Night Show

Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy improved to 3-0 as a professional MMA fighter Saturday with a win over Rasheem Jones. Hardy knocked Jones out in 53 seconds as part of the Xtreme Fight Night event in Tulsa, Oklahoma…

Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy improved to 3-0 as a professional MMA fighter Saturday with a win over Rasheem Jones. Hardy knocked Jones out in 53 seconds as part of the Xtreme Fight Night event in Tulsa, Oklahoma…

Greg Hardy Booked For Fight Pass-Aired Bout This Month

Greg Hardy’s next fight is set for a Fight Pass-aired event:

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Greg Hardy has his next fight set.

The controversial MMA veteran will continue his pro-MMA journey when he competes in a regional bout at the end of the month. Hardy has been scheduled to face 1-1 competitor Ray Jones (1-1) at Xtreme Fight Night 352 on September 29 from the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The fight was first reported by MMAjunkie. It will air on UFC Fight Pass.

Hardy, of course, brings notoriety from his time as a Pro Bowl NFL players – and the domestic violence scandal that followed. UFC President Dana White has repeatedly stated Hardy deserves another chance in MMA.

The hulking knockout slugger began his fight career in amateur bouts. He dominated all comers with ease. Hardy then graduated on to appear on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series (DWTNCS). Two knockout wins (in 57 and 17 seconds) at DWTNCS 9 and 16 got him signed to a developmental deal with the UFC.

That journey will continue against Jones at Xtreme Fight Night 352.

But many fans will wonder why Hardy isn’t facing an opponent with at least somewhat more skill. He’s beaten all of the lesser-experienced fighters that he’s faced. Hardy may not be ready to take on top-level pros, but he deserves a step up in level of opponents.

This fight will most likely end in another brutal first-round knockout for Hardy. The real questions will start when he actually faces a heavyweight who can make him dig deep.

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