Dana Reacts to Hardy’s Inhaler Usage

UFC President Dana White has been left dumbfounded by Greg Hardy’s mid-fight inhaler usage that resulted in his win over Ben Sosoli at UFC Boston being overturned to a no contest.

Hardy and Sosoli competed on the event’s main card in a fight that was very negatively received and saw little to no drama or big shots. Hardy, regardless, was in control throughout the fight, but controversy came in between the second and third rounds, when Hardy asked for, and received, an inhaler.

Confusion then ensued during the broadcast, as color commentators Daniel Cormier and Dominick Cruz pointed out that Hardy’s usage of such was illegal under the Unified Rules of MMA. This was further verified by UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner.

“It was crazy. Everybody started screaming at me, ‘He used an inhaler, he used an inhaler!’ White said at the post-fight press conference. “I couldn’t even grasp what they were (saying) — ‘What do you mean, he used an inhaler?’ So when the fight was over I went over to [Hardy coach and cornerman] Din Thomas and said, ‘What the [expletive] are you doing? How are you using an inhaler?’ And he said, ‘The commissioner said we could.’

“What commissioner? When? How? So then my team started to jump into it to try to figure out what happened, what was going on.”

Yahoo’s Kevin Iole later reported that UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky and White said the inhaler was approved for usage by the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC).

After a meeting, however, the MSAC determined that it was an inspector who approved the usage — an inspector has no power to allow such a measure. Hardy’s usage of the inhaler was ultimately deemed illegal, and the fight was quickly overturned to a No Contest.

“I think if you watch it, you can understand how it happened, but [Hardy] asked the guy and the guy says, ‘Is it medically approved?’ [and Hardy] says, ‘It’s USADA approved,’ because he put it down on his sheet that he was using an inhaler and they knew he used an inhaler,” White said. “It’s crazy.”

White ultimately did not point fingers at one solely spread the blame around between Hardy and his team, as well as the MSAC.

I have no clue what anybody who was involved in that situation was thinking.

“Let me start here with and I don’t want to sound like I’m being negative on the commission, but these guys don’t have a lot of big fight experience when we come into places that aren’t Vegas,” White said. “You see it with different referees and judging and things like that, they don’t have the fight experience. I don’t know what anybody was thinking.

“From Din Thomas, the rest of the cornermen, Greg Hardy, the commissioner that was in the Octagon with them. You can drink water. It’s pretty simple. So I don’t know. For me to speak on what anybody was thinking, we have it on video, we have it all on video and audio, the whole conversation.”

Original Story: MMA Fighting

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