Ben Rothwell Expects to Face Greg Hardy In The BKFC- ‘It’s Inevitable, I’m Sure’

ben rothwellFormer UFC heavyweight, Ben Rothwell expects to face fellow UFC alum, Greg Hardy, in the near future –  ‘it’s inevitable, I’m sure.’ Back in April, it was announced that UFC veteran Ben Rothwell, would be parting ways with the promotion. He would promptly sign with the bare-knuckle boxing promotion, BKFC. Although still without a fight […]

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Former UFC heavyweight, Ben Rothwell expects to face fellow UFC alum, Greg Hardy, in the near future –  ‘it’s inevitable, I’m sure.’

Back in April, it was announced that UFC veteran Ben Rothwell, would be parting ways with the promotion. He would promptly sign with the bare-knuckle boxing promotion, BKFC.

Although still without a fight officially booked, Rothwell envisions a matchup with former Dallas Cowboy defensive end and former UFC heavyweight, Greg Hardy, who also signed with the BKFC earlier this month.

“Certainly, a lot of people are interested in that and are saying it,” Rothwell said to MMAJunkie when asked about a potential matchup with Hardy. “I don’t know when that’s going to happen, maybe the next fight, but it’s inevitable, I’m sure. My plan is to fight all these guys, so fight as many times as I can.”

Besides Hardy, the Wisconsin-born banger also has his eyes on BKFC reigning heavyweight champion, Arnold Adams.

Adams who had a lackluster 7-9 MMA record has really found his footing inside the BKFC ring, holding a 7-1 record in bare knuckle, five of which were by stoppage. Adams has defeated former UFC veteran, Joey Beltran, and experienced bare knuckle fighters such as Dillon Clecker and Sam Shewmaker but still Rothwell is confident he will be able to get the job done.

 “He’s a big guy, knows how to fight, and should be a great fight if we get to fight each other,” Rothwell said. “But first and foremost, I have to take this first fight and put some exciting wins together. I believe if I go on and do that, it will come, the title shot will come, and I’ll take care of business.” Rothwell will join a competitive heavyweight division and with his big name and reputation, he may be thrown in the deep end sooner rather than later.” (H/T MMAJunkie)

Ben Rothwell talking to MMAJunkie

Who would win in a bare-knuckle brawl, Ben Rothwell or Greg Hardy?

Greg Hardy Reveals He Has Been Promised A Return To The UFC If He Get’s “Some Wrestling Going In Another Promotion”

Greg HardyFormer NFL defensive end Greg Hardy isn’t counting out a UFC come back down the road.  Hardy, a one-time NFL pro-bowler, hopes to return to the company with improvements to his game. Hardy fought out his UFC contract and his departure became official in March.  Despite recent setbacks, ‘The Prince of War’ hinted at another […]

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Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy isn’t counting out a UFC come back down the road. 

Hardy, a one-time NFL pro-bowler, hopes to return to the company with improvements to his game. Hardy fought out his UFC contract and his departure became official in March. 

Despite recent setbacks, ‘The Prince of War’ hinted at another shot in the UFC once he improves his skills on the mat.

“They hit me up, told me ‘If you get some wrestling going in another promotion, we’d be glad to sign you back,’” Hardy told Chris Van Vliet. “I sent them my thank you’s and love and went looking for where I can throw these hands and found BKFC.”

Hardy (7-5, 1 NC) suffered three straight knockout losses to end his UFC run. His latest fight came against Sergey Spivak at UFC 272 on March 5, where he suffered a first-round TKO loss. 

“We’ll see what he does outside of the UFC,” Dana White told MMA Fighting’s Jose Youngs. “He came in here and didn’t have a bad run.”

New Beginnings For Greg Hardy

It didn’t take long for the former UFC heavyweight to find a new home as he signed a multi-fight deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) last week. 

“I’m excited to start working with Greg,” BKFC President Dave Feldman said in a statement to MMA Junkie. “He wants to test himself in bare-knuckle and has been training for a fight for the last couple of months. Heavyweight is one of our deepest divisions and his skill set fits right in.”  

Greg Hardy isn’t the first UFC alum to join the BKFC roster. Fighters like Chad Mendes, Paige VanZant, and Chris Leben made the jump to bare-knuckle boxing.

Hardy isn’t new to change. He spent his NFL career with two different teams- the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys. He also made the transition from the gridiron to the octagon in 2017. Hardy was undefeated as an amateur before securing a UFC contract on Dana White’s Contender Series. 

Neither Hardy’s pro boxing debut nor opponent has yet to be announced.

Greg Hardy Details Conversation With UFC Over Recent Release

Greg Hardy has shared some more details about the conversation he had with the UFC upon being released from the company. Hardy finished out his UFC contract after his most recent loss inside the Octagon this past March, and the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion opted not to sign him to a new…

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Greg Hardy has shared some more details about the conversation he had with the UFC upon being released from the company.

Hardy finished out his UFC contract after his most recent loss inside the Octagon this past March, and the Las Vegas-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion opted not to sign him to a new deal, allowing him to walk.

Speaking to Chris Van Viet in a recent interview, Hardy revealed that his departure from the UFC was actually on good terms. In fact, the promotion left the door open to bring Hardy back down the line.

“The best organization that I’ve ever been a part of, not even second to the NFL. They hit me up, my contract was already up so we knew it was up. They hit me up, told me ‘If you get some wrestling going in another promotion, we’d be glad to sign you back.

“Love having you. Appreciate you.’ And I sent them my thank yous and love, went looking for where I can throw these hands, and found BFKC. It was actually a really good parting and I look forward to going back one day and putting on a show for you guys and maybe body slamming somebody for about three rounds once I learn some wrestling.”

Hardy officially joined the UFC back in 2019 after some successful showings on the Dana White’s Contender Series. He was able to go 4-2 in his first six fights, with a No Contest to add in as well, however, his latest skid likely prompted the UFC not to re-sign him.

The ex-NFL star dropped three-straight inside the Octagon, all via TKO or KO. Now, Hardy has signed with Bare Knuckle FC and will compete in bare-knuckle boxing for the time being.

“With BKFC I’ve spent most of my time boxing, so now I get to be inside my realm. We’re focused more on the actual boxing aspect, the conditioning aspect, conditioning my knuckles, my mindset for a different style of fighting …

“A lot of my MMA was grappling, ground and pound, different things that I had to make up for in a fight as opposed to working on a lot of what I’m good at which is boxing, striking.”

What do you think about the UFC leaving the door open to sign Greg Hardy back down the road? Let us know in the comments!

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Greg Hardy, Former UFC Heavyweight, Signs With Bare Knuckle FC

Former UFC heavyweight Greg Hardy has signed with Bare Knuckle FC and is expected to make his promotional debut later this year. Hardy parted ways with the UFC earlier this year following a UFC 272 first-round TKO loss to Sergey Spivak. Before that, he lost fights to the likes of top contender Tai Tuivasa and…

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Former UFC heavyweight Greg Hardy has signed with Bare Knuckle FC and is expected to make his promotional debut later this year.

Hardy parted ways with the UFC earlier this year following a UFC 272 first-round TKO loss to Sergey Spivak. Before that, he lost fights to the likes of top contender Tai Tuivasa and veteran Marcin Tybura.

BKFC announced the news of Hardy’s signing on Wednesday.

“I’m excited to start working with Greg,” BKFC president Dave Feldman said of Hardy in a statement to MMA Junkie. “He’s a tremendous athlete with quickness and incredible strength, as he’s shown in the UFC and NFL.

“He wants to test himself in bareknuckle and has been training for a fight for the last couple of months. Heavyweight is one of our deepest divisions and his skill set fits right in. We’ll announce the date, location, and his opponent shortly.”

Hardy will make his professional boxing debut on Oct. 8 for Black Sheep Boxing promotions in Delray Beach, FL.

Hardy made the move from professional football to MMA following an NFL career with the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys. He made the Pro Bowl and was named NFL second-team All-Pro in 2013.

Hardy made the move to MMA with back-to-back wins on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018. After a fight against Rasheem Jones in Xtreme Fight Night, he would make his debut in Jan. 2019, losing via disqualification after throwing an illegal knee.

Hardy would go on to pick up wins over the likes of Yorgan De Castro and Maurice Greene during his time in the Octagon. He was known as a knockout artist and will look to replicate his success with his hands in BKFC.

How do you think Greg Hardy will perform in Bare Knuckle FC?

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Report – Ex-UFC Heavyweight Greg Hardy Set For Professional Boxing Debut On October 8.

Greg HardyFormer Dana White’s Contender Series and UFC heavyweight, Greg Hardy is set to make the transition to the squared circle on October 8. for a professional boxing debut – following the recent completion of his contractual obligations with the Dana White-led organization. Greg Hardy, who is also a former NFL running back, made the transition […]

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Former Dana White’s Contender Series and UFC heavyweight, Greg Hardy is set to make the transition to the squared circle on October 8. for a professional boxing debut – following the recent completion of his contractual obligations with the Dana White-led organization.

Greg Hardy, who is also a former NFL running back, made the transition to professional mixed martial arts back in 2017, and competed under the banner of the UFC on 10 separate occasions.

Greg Hardy featured 10 separates times under the UFC banner

Boasting a 7-1(1) professional mixed martial arts record, Greg Hardy, who ended his UFC tenure in the midst of a three fight losing skid – including three knockout losses, most recently featured at UFC 272 in March of this year, suffering a one-sided ground strikes loss to Sergey Spivak in the opening round

Confirming his departure from the UFC upon the completion of his contractual obligations with the promotion, Hardy is now, however, set to continue with his combat sports foray – with an October 8. debut in professional boxing under the Black Sheep Boxing banner booked.

Expected to feature at the October event in Delray Beach, Florida – Hardy has yet to secure an official opponent for his first professional boxing match, however. MMA Junkie were first to report the news of Hardy’s move to professional boxing, as confirmed by promotion officials. 

Landing a quartet of victories during his highly-criticized and scrutinized Octagon tenure, Hardy, who has been accused of domestic violence in the past, defeated Dmitry Smolyakov, Juan Adams, Yorgan de Castro, and Maurice Green during his UFC stint. 

Featuring in prominent positions during pay-per-view events hosted by the promotion in particular, Hardy also co-headlined a UFC Fight Night Moscow event in November 2019 against recent UFC Vegas 56 winner, Alexander Volkov – suffering a unanimous decision loss in a short notice showing.

Greg Hardy Announces Next Phase Of Combat Sports Career

It appears that former NFL player Greg Hardy hasn’t given up on trying to make a career for himself in the combat sports world. The controversial former UFC heavyweight will apparently make his professional boxing debut on October 8 in Delray Beach, Florida for Black Sheep Boxing. In addition to the post from the boxing…

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It appears that former NFL player Greg Hardy hasn’t given up on trying to make a career for himself in the combat sports world.

The controversial former UFC heavyweight will apparently make his professional boxing debut on October 8 in Delray Beach, Florida for Black Sheep Boxing. In addition to the post from the boxing promotion announcing his arrival and the date, Hardy posted a picture of himself wearing boxing gloves on his own Instagram.

“When you got the dream locked in your sights and all you gotta do is pull the trigger. #dreamchaser”

The former defensive end and 2013 Pro Bowler spent 6 seasons in the NFL before exiting the league following accusations of domestic violence.

“The Prince of War” went 3-0 as an amateur fighter before making his pro MMA debut on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018. He stopped his opponent in under a minute and did the same in only seventeen-seconds at a follow-up appearance on the show two months later, then picked up one more pro win in 2018 before his actual UFC debut in 2019.

Hardy’s UFC tenure got off to a controversial start almost immediately, as he ended up being disqualified in his promotional debut after landing an illegal knee in the second round. He followed that up with two stoppage wins before earning a unanimous decision over Ben Sosoli that was overturned to a No Contest because Hardy used an inhaler between rounds.

Overall, “The Prince of War” went 7-5 (1 NC) in his MMA career. The 33-year-old received his walking papers from the UFC following a first-round stoppage loss to Sergey Spivak at UFC 272, which was also his third loss in a row.

While the date and location for the next phase of Hardy’s combat sports career appear set, no opponent has been announced for his boxing debut.

What’s your reaction to the news that Greg Hardy will be trying his hand as a pro boxer?

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