Hardy’s Next Fight Moved to UFC Boston

Greg Hardy will be getting a bigger platform than planned for his next Octagon appearance, as his next bout has been moved up from UFC Singapore to UFC Boston.

Hardy will now be facing the UFC debuting Ben Sosoli at UFC Boston, which takes place on October 18 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, and airs on ESPN2.

Hardy was originally scheduled to compete on the October 26 ESPN+ card in Singapore, but his planned opponent, Jarjis Danho, was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Hardy’s jump from football to MMA has been heavily followed and criticized. A former NFL All-Pro defenseman, Hardy was blackballed from the NFL after he was convicted of domestic violence charges in 2014 (Hardy would appeal the decision before the charges were dropped).

After three amateur fights between November 2017 and February 2018, Hardy made his professional MMA debut through Dana White’s Contender Series (DWCS), where he scored two first-round finishes. After being disqualified for an illegal knee in his official Octagon debut at UFC Brooklyn in January, Hardy has scored back-to-back first-round TKOs of Dmitry Smolyakov and Juan Adams.

Sosoli (7-2, 1 NC), who made his professional MMA debut in 2013, is unbeaten in his last five fights. His latest appearance came during a DWCS appearance in August, with his bout against Dustin Joynson ending in a No Contest thanks to an accidental eye poke.

UFC Boston is scheduled to be headlined by former middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s light heavyweight debut against undefeated contender Dominick Reyes.

Original Story: ESPN

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