Greg Hardy Hopes To Impress At UFC Ft. Lauderdale
To say Greg Hardy’s main roster debut in January went poorly would be an understatement.
The American Top Team product walked into Barclays Center for the UFC’s debut on ESPN+ with the weight of his past issues of domestic violence and drug use, both of which would force Hardy out of the NFL, and the expectations of being on the card’s co-main event.
Anything other than a first-round washing of his opponent, Allen Crowder would be a let down, as Hardy made a name on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, and a few regional fights with devastating knckout power.
Hardy would not get the knockout, going further into a fight than at any point in his pro or amateur career, the clearly gassed Hardy would knee a downed Crowder, causing a disqualification.
After a bizarre post-fight press conference, where Hardy would attack the media and attempt to paint himself as a victim, he returns to the UFC on Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale, once again in the Co-main event against Dmitry Smolyakov.
“It helps you look more. I wasn’t looking for my flaws when I was winning,” Hardy said after taking his first loss as a pro fighter. “Like, I couldn’t see them, I didn’t want to see them. And since I got the loss, I’m a little more humble than I was, which is always a good thing. And you start looking and you start seeing the things where you really messed up.
I’ve had a lot of years of football so I’ve been in control of power for a very long time. Even though you can hit a quarterback, it’s not always in your best interest. Sometimes [being penalized] 15 yards will f*ck your team more than a hit. And it’s just those kind of decisions I’m finding, just because I can knock someone out doesn’t mean I should go for it.
“You’ve got to control these things because there are no timeouts, there are no breaks. You’re in a cage, nobody can save you, man, and you’ve got to make these decisions,” Hardy continued in a piece from MMA Fighting. “That’s the kind of things I’m finding out, and you’ve got to have a humble mind for that, because power’s a drug, man. Power is a drug. In this sport, it’s dangerous. It’ll gas you. You saw me. I was bloodthirsty. The man said he was going to kill me — I wanted to separate him from his consciousness so bad that I energy-dumped everything after I told myself not to energy dump. And you’ve just gotta deal with those kind of things, because you’ve got to be honest. Like honestly, it’s not, ‘Oh, I made a mistake.’ I was cocky. Gotta humble myself.”
For the Full UFC Fight Night Fort Lauderdale Card, please look below.
Ronaldo Souza vs. Jack Hermansson
Greg Hardy vs. Dmitrii Smoliakov
Mike Perry vs. Alex Oliveira
John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen
Roosevelt Roberts vs. Thomas Gifford
Ben Saunders vs. Takashi Sato
Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai
Jim Miller vs. Jason Gonzalez
Virna Jandiroba vs. Carla Esparza
Angela Hill vs. Jodie Esquibel
Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cutelaba
Court McGee vs. Dhiego Lima
Report: MMA Fighting