Hardy To Replace JDS In Moscow
Well, it has certainly been an interesting few days for Greg Hardy, who went from winning his fight at UFC Boston to having it overturned to a No Contest, to now co-main eventing the UFC’s November 9th return to Russia.
Initially reported by ESPN, Hardy has agreed to replace former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos against Alexander Volkov in Moscow.
As reported earlier today, dos Santos was pulled due to his being hospitalized for a bacterial infection in his leg.
“This was Greg’s idea,” Malki Kawa of First Round Management told ESPN. “He trains with Junior dos Santos at American Top Team and saw that he was sick. He called me up and asked what I thought about him fighting Volkov. I actually didn’t like the fight for him, I thought maybe it was too soon, but Greg wants to step up in competition.
“He thinks he can go to Moscow and knock him out, and he wanted to help the promotion, which is exactly what he did.”
Volkov, a former Bellator and M-1 Global champion is a serious step up in competition for Greg Hardy, who has fought three times inside the Octagon, going 1-1-0, and 1 no contest so far since his debut back in January.
The initial co-main event, a featherweight bout between Zabit Magomedsharipov and Calvin Kattar, will act as the event’s headliner, but stays at three-rounds due to the short notice change.
This will mark a quick turnaround for Hardy, who had a decision win against Ben Sosoli changed to a no-contest due to his using an inhaler illegally in between rounds, even though a Massachusetts State Athletic Commission representative wrongfully allowed it.
“Our intention right now is to appeal the no-contest,” Kawa said. “The matter is in the hands of our legal team, so I have no further comment at this time.”
Initial Report: ESPN