UFC women’s flyweight Jessica-Rose Clark didn’t expect her opinions about Greg Hardy to be received well.
After Clark (9-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) declared she was “very against” the former NFL star receiving a UFC development deal for his performance on Dana White’s Contender Series 9, she figured her opinion would be met with public backlash.
But for the most part, the opposite happened.
“I received a lot of support,” Clark, who on Saturday faces Jessica Eye (12-6 MMA, 2-5 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 132, told MMAjunkie. “I only saw three people reacting negatively, and the things that those people said were (expletive) disgusting. So I’m led to believe the people that said that aren’t of very reputable character anyway.
“But 99.9 percent of the responses I got were extremely supportive, and they were happy that someone was actually speaking honestly and truthfully about the situation. I know how the general public reacts to domestic violence, and especially within an elite sport. So I’m happy that it was so positive.”
Clark, a domestic violence survivor, isn’t sure whether her words will have any effect on what the UFC does with Hardy, who was convicted in 2014 on a pair of domestic abuse charges, only to have them expunged on appeal when the alleged victim didn’t testify.
“Sometimes, it just takes one person to stand up,” Clark said. “So I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
After Hardy sealed his UFC deal with a first-round knockout last week on the Contender Series, UFC President Dana White said he’d like to see the fighter compete on the last episode of the contender series. Then Hardy would fight on the White-led reality show “Looking for a Fight” before evaluating whether he’s ready for the UFC.
As far as Clark’s career goes, she feels it’s on the upswing. She’s had the best fight week of her career preparing to face Eye, whom she meets on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed main card at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.
Although Clark doesn’t put much stock in the UFC’s rankings, she said Eye makes sense as a follow-up after her win over Paige VanZant.
“There was no downside to this fight for me, other than I’m going to get hit a few times,” Clark said. “She’s got solid hands.”
Clark rued the attention given to VanZant for suffering a broken arm during the fight, but Clark said every bit of attention she’s earned for herself. The Eye matchup will be no different.
“I’m always trying to make my name in the UFC,” she said.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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