UFC President Dana White’s plan for controversial heavyweight Greg Hardy is being put into action.
Hardy is set to appear next month at Dana White’s Contender Series 16, which takes place Aug. 7 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass. Hardy (1-0) will face Tebaris Gordon (3-0).
The news comes via a report from ESPN.com, citing multiple sources.
Hardy was offered a developent contract this past month when he knocked out Austen Lane in 57 seconds at Dana White’s Contender Series 9. The plan, according to White, was to have Hardy fight on the final Contender Series event, then have him make multiple appearances on the internet-streamed “Looking for a Fight” series. From there, White said, the promotion would decide if the ex-NFL All Pro is ready for the UFC.
“I have a few ideas of what to do with this guy and let him develop,” White told MMAjunkie after Hardy’s knockout. “He’s with a great team already, (and) he’s training with great guys. They say he’s a hard worker. They say all positive things about him out of that gym. We’ll try to build him up and see what he can do.”
Hardy’s signing was met with disapproval from several industry vets and one female UFC fighter, Jessica-Rose Clark, who decried Hardy’s past with domestic violence. Although Hardy ultimately escaped multiple charges because his alleged victim did not testify on appeal, the incident sent his NFL career into a tailspin.
Hardy, who’s steadfastly denied the domestic abuse charges, said he’s willing to work to rehabilitate his image, though he insists his detractors don’t have all the facts about his case.
A burgeoning MMA career has not kept Hardy away from his first love. This past month, he experienced an injury scare in an arena football game with the Richmond Roughriders. Hardy has said an NFL offer could motivate him to step away from MMA.
In the cage, Hardy remains unbeaten with one pro knockout win and three amateur knockout wins, all in the first round.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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