Greg Hardy On Being Called A “Cheater”
Ever since the UFC signed former NFL player Greg Hardy, the American Top Team standout has been living under the microscope.
The UFC heavyweight came into MMA after being run out of the NFL due to a drug arrest and an overturned domestic abuse conviction, and with heavy handed knockouts in amateur and pro fights.
In his first fight on the UFC main roster, Hardy would end up being disqualified for an illegal knee to a downed Allen Crowder.
“In a game where it all lies on what you do in that cage, it’s hard to walk out a loser,” Hardy told MMA Junkie at American Top Team’s Coconut Creek, Florida facility. “I’m not one – anybody can check out my history – I’ve dealt with it terribly in the past, and I’ve dealt with it great before, but it’s all the same outcome. I hate losing. I’m not a loser, I’m not a cheater. I said when I first came into this business: I earned everything that I have right now.
“I’ve taken every opportunity. Anybody that wanted to stop me could’ve jumped in my way and knocked me out and took care of business. That’s how I do things.
“It kind of shook me to my core when I came out the ring and everybody’s standpoint was, ‘He’s a cheater,’” he continued. “It kind of threw me off a bit.”
Hardy, who was defiant and visibly frustrated after his first pro loss, says he promises to be a better fighter for the UFC’s return to South Florida on April 27th against Dmitry Smoliakov.
“That’s the cool thing about me, I advance fast,” he said. “I worked my whole life to be an athlete, to be physically capable of whatever a coach needs me to be capable of. I adapt very fast. In this couple of months, we’ve trained hard, we’ve focused on the fighter instead of advancing just the individual skills like we always do. You guys could hope to see a calm Greg Hardy, a Greg Hardy that’s here to fight.
“There’s no more searching for a knockout. I’m claiming to be ‘The Prince of War… We’re going to be here for war. Let’s fight it out. Whatever he wants, wherever he wants to go we’re going to make it pretty, we’re going to entertain.”
Initial Report: MMA Junkie