Greg Hardy
Prince of War

USA

Will return to cage in April
HeavyweightUFC
March 4, 2019
Hardy will take on Dmitrii Smoliakov in a heavyweight matchup at a UFC Fight Night event on April 27, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Hardy's UFC debut ended unceremoniously, as he was disqualified from his bout with Allen Crowder due to illegal knees. While this bout showcased Hardy's inexperience, there's still no denying is finishing power. This time around, he'll draw an opponent in Smoliakov that is 9-2 as a professional, but just 0-2 under the UFC banner. Those losses were not to elite heavyweights by any means, so it's clear the UFC is giving Hardy another manageable opponent, one that might even be on the verge of release. Should Hardy take care of business like he's supposed to, they will likely try to find him a tougher test.
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DQ'ed for first career loss
HeavyweightUFC
January 19, 2019
Hardy lost to Allen Crowder via DQ (illegal knee) at 2:28 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brooklyn.
ANALYSIS
What a disaster. With Hardy playing (for obvious reasons) and embracing the role of villain, he gets disqualified for smashing Crowder with a vicious illegal knee. Referee Dan Miragliotta (who is normally mild mannered) immediately and forcefully told Hardy that he was getting DQ'ed if Crowder couldn't continue and that's exactly what happened. Hardy's power is obvious but his cardio is terrible and he has a limited offensive arsenal given how recently he picked up the sport.
In line for January debut
HeavyweightUFC
December 5, 2018
Hardy is scheduled to make his UFC debut against Allen Crowder on Jan. 19, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hardy now officially has three amateur and three professional fights under his belt, with each of them ending in first-round KO/TKO victories. Over the limited sample size, the heavyweight fighter has been known to go for broke with power punches from the moment the opening bell rings. That might cause problems if he's able to advance to competition against more well-rounded UFC fighters, so he'll need to continue honing other aspects of striking and grappling at American Top Team -- one of the best camps in the business. This time around, he'll draw a fighter in Crowder that came up through Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series as well, but was knocked out by Justin Willis in the first round of his official debut. Hardy will enter this matchup with a two-inch edge in height and four-inch reach advantage.
To fight again in December
HeavyweightUFC
October 18, 2018
Hardy will take on an unknown opponent on Dec. 21 under the banner of Island Fights, Ariel Helwani of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Hardy had his third professional fight in September, when he knocked out Ray Jones in the first round at Xtreme Fight Night 352. The former NFL player has now four total fights split between the amateur and professional levels, and all of them have resulted in a first-round KO/TKO victory. From what was seen on Dana White's Contender Series, Hardy simply likes to empty the gas tank immediately after the opening bell until he gets a knockout. That may play just fine on the lesser circuits, but could present serious problems if he makes his way to the UFC -- which could be a possibility in 2019 if he gets another win, according to Helwani.
Next fight booked
HeavyweightUFC
September 19, 2018
Hardy will take on Ray Jones in a heavyweight matchup at Xtreme Fight Night 352 on Sept. 29, Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hardy remains undefeated following three amateur fights and two separate stints on Dana White's Contender Series -- all of which resulted in first-round TKO victories. Despite the impressive performances, White still wants to put Hardy to the test on a developmental deal to make sure his ancillary MMA skills are up to par. Once he presents adequate grappling and wrestling capabilities, White will likely be more willing to award him an official spot on the UFC roster. The 30-year-old is training with some of the best at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, so developing these aspects of his game is a very real possibility.
Remains on developmental deal
HeavyweightUFC
August 7, 2018
Hardy defeated Tebaris Gordon via TKO at 0:17 of Round 1 on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, but was not awarded a UFC contract at the conclusion of the show.
ANALYSIS
Hardy was a betting favorite of (-700) for the show's main event, and he went out and did exactly what he needed to do. The former NFL standout essentially emptied his gas tank from the opening bell, coming at Gordon relentlessly before backing him into the cage. From there, he landed a hard knee followed by a flurry that included a shot to the temple of Gordon, which immediately put him on the ground. It didn't take much for referee Herb Dean to step in and stop the fight after that. Hardy was not rewarded an official UFC contract despite the impressive performance, as it appears UFC President Dana White wishes to keep him on a developmental contract. Now with five fights on the record -- two pro and three amateur -- Hardy has compiled a 5-0 record composed entirely of first-round stoppages. As White pointed out on the show, however, Hardy will need to work on his wrestling fast, as few opponents will be willing to stand and trade with an opponent as dangerous as he is.