Hardy Compares Himself To Bo Jackson & Michael Jordan
After a dismal performance in his first outing in the UFC, Greg Hardy would decimate his opponent with a first round knockout at UFC Fight Night 150.
In a stark contrast to his disqualification loss in January to Allen Crowder, Hardy was less defiant and more resolute in his abilities, comparing himself to two of the greatest athletes of all time.
“I’m reaching heights that I’ve never reached before,” Hardy said at the post-fight press conference. “I’ve been alongside titans for my whole life. Michael Orr, Greg Oden, Joakim Noah, Al Horford, I played against these guys in college. Tom Brady, Cam Newton, these guys are titans, these guys are monsters in the game. So to come over here and transition to a place where “titan” isn’t the right justification for what these guys are, it’s amazing. And I just don’t think these heights have been reached yet.
“This is gonna make Bo Jackson look like a joke. I’m the fights sports’ athlete version of what [Michael] Jordan could be. This is just getting started. We’re scratching the surface, basically.”
Jackson, a dynamic athlete at Auburn University, became a star not only in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders, but an All Star outfielder for the Kansas City Royals, before suffering a career(s) ending hip injury. Hardy, who has only fought professionally since mid 2018, has not yet faced major challenges inside the Octagon, fighting Crowder in January and Dmitrii Smoliakov on Saturday, who has not fought for the WME-IMG owned organization since 2017 in a TKO loss to Cyril Asker.
“If you really listen, there’s less and less boos,” Hardy said of the audience who have a distaste for Hardy over his immediate push to the co-main event in both of his UFC fights, as well as his record for domestic abuse that would play a part in his being ran out of the National Football League. “All I hear is the crowd. All I hear is the people that appreciate me. People are gonna boo. It happens. But all I heard was cheers. I heard people that love me, I heard my crowd, my fans, the people that I’ve embraced came down here, been living here for two, three years accept me and enjoy what I put out.”
When asked about fights against top heavyweight Derrick Lewis and former heavyweight Stipe Miocic by TMZ Sports, Hardy was contrite.
“They’re not in my mind, they’re in my sights,” Hardy said to the gossip website. “They’re locked in. They haven’t gone anywhere. With all due time. There’s two aspects that play into it. I want to earn this, for one, so all these loud mouths talking like ‘Oh Greg doesn’t deserve blah blah blah,’ Yeah I do, because I earned it. I worked my way up to here.
“Secondly, because I’m not ready. It’s like throwing a cub in there with some lions. It just doesn’t make sense. So when I go there and I do fight these guys- hopefully soon enough when I do elevate and graduate – it’s gonna be Goliath vs. Goliath. A war to be witnessed and loved and cherished forever and all through time.”
Report: MMA Fighting