Dana White Eyed UFC Bout Between Ex-NFL Stars Merriman And Hardy

Dana White reportedly wanted a UFC clash between ex-NFL players Shawne Merriman and Greg Hardy.

Since retiring from the NFL, they have switched to combat sports. Merriman started his own promotional company in 2019 called Lights Out Xtreme Fighting. The company has grown steadily through the years, paying off with a mega upcoming clash on June 15. Ex-UFC heavyweight Jared Vanderaa will feature on the card. 

Meanwhile, Hardy debuted on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018. He stopped Austen Lane in a first-round KO. Another win followed against Tebaris Gordon, as he made the UFC roster. His UFC record is 4-5-1, with victories against Yorgan De Castro and Maurice Greene. He left the UFC following his defeat to Serghei Spivac at UFC 272 in 2022. While Merriman had no plans to fight, it did not stop White from trying. 

“About five or six years ago, no one was gonna tell me I wasn’t gonna fight somebody. In fact, I talked to Dana [White] about it, he wanted to book a fight with me and Greg Hardy a few years ago. I know he wanted it to happen, I wanted it to happen, and it was a timing thing…Why I ended up not doing it is because Greg went on a losing streak…and [the appeal] wasn’t the same, but it almost happened,” Merriman said

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