Greg Hardy
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No contest decision clarified
HeavyweightUFC
October 21, 2019
Hardy's win against Ben Sosoli on Friday was changed to a no contest because he hadn't received permission to use the inhaler he used between rounds, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The inhaler didn't contain any banned substances, but using anything at all in the cage that a fighter hadn't received explicit permission for is disallowed, outside of objects such as a water bottle and adhesive tape which are outlined in MSAC rules. A fighter can ask for permission to bring in other objects, but Hardy failed to do that. Hardy's team is expected to appeal the ruling.
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Win changed to no contest
HeavyweightUFC
October 19, 2019
Hardy's victory over Ben Sosoli on Friday in Boston was changed due to a no contest due to his use of an inhaler between rounds, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hardy used an inhaler between Round 2 and Round 3 in violation of UFC rules. Hardy said that he got permission to use the device, stating, "Me and my coach asked the commission if it would be OK to use my inhaler, and they said yes, so I took it." It's unclear if he will attempt to challenge the decision or if he'll have to settle for his win being taken away.
Wins in Boston amid controversy
HeavyweightUFC
October 18, 2019
Hardy defeated Ben Sosoli via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Friday in Boston.
ANALYSIS
Hardy won, and deserved to win, but it was a poor performance in a lackluster fight and a victory that is now marred by controversy. Hardy was apparently using an inhaler between Rounds 2 and 3, which according to UFC rules expert Marc Ratner, is 100 percent illegal. If this is indeed proven to be true, Hardy is in danger of having his victory overturned on appeal. The UFC is in a difficult position with Hardy. On one hand, he has legitimate power, is obviously a world-class athlete and has name recognition. On the other, he's a one-dimensional brawler, has limited pro experience since he has spent most of his adult life playing in the NFL, and is clearly not popular with the fans due to his past transgressions. Hardy continues to be in hot water despite riding a three-fight win streak.
Moved to Boston card
HeavyweightUFC
October 16, 2019
Hardy will now take on Ben Sosoli in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Boston on Oct. 18, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Hardy was originally scheduled to face Jarjis Danho at UFC Singapore on Oct. 26, but Danho was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. Instead, he'll take on a fighter in Sosoli with exactly 10 pro bouts to his name. UFC fans may remember Sosoli from Dana White's Contender Series this summer, when he fought Dustin Joynson to a no-contest due to an accidental eye poke. Prior to that, Sosoli had rattled off four consecutive TKO victories. Hardy has been equally hot, bouncing back from a DQ loss to Allen Crowder to pick up back-to-back first-round TKO victories. Hardy has yet to answer fair questions about his cardio and grappling ability inside the UFC Octagon, but it's unclear if his 29-year-old opponent with a similar experience level will truly test him in those areas.
Lands on Singapore card
HeavyweightUFC
September 4, 2019
Hardy was booked to take on Jarjis Danho at UFC Singapore on October 26, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
After falling in his UFC debut back in January, Hardy will now be looking for his third straight victory in the octagon in what will be an unprecedented fourth fight in 10 months. In his last time out, Hardy defeated Juan Adams via TKO (punches) at UFC on ESPN 4 in July, and the former NFL player is yet to go to the distance in any of his six career fights.
Makes quick work of Juan Adams
HeavyweightUFC
July 20, 2019
Hardy defeated Juan Adams via TKO (punches) at 0:45 of Round 1 at UFC San Antonio on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Hardy and Adams exchanged jabs to start things off, and Adams attempted a single leg takedown early in the fight. Hardy sprawled and immediately started raining down a big stretch of right hands to the head of Adams. The ref asked Adams to show him something and he did not, so the fight was stopped. It was a quick stoppage as was expected in this fight, and Hardy cashed in for fantasy owners. This was one of his first true tests, and he passed with flying colors. Look for the controversial former NFL star to continue to get higher-profile fights.