Jessica-Rose Clark Blasts Greg Hardy Signing
Ever since he was announced for Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender series, Greg Hardy has been a controversial topic in the world of MMA. Hardy’s well-documented domestic violence issues have been the focal point of contention from people such as UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis. Now, UFC fighter Jessica-Rose Clark is speaking out against Hardy being signed to a UFC contract.
Hardy, who knocked out Austen Lane in under a minute, was signed to a UFC developmental contract last week, and while as a guest on the Phone Booth Fighting Podcast Rose Clark brought up not only her concerns, but her experience as a victim of domestic violence.
“I had a spate with domestic violence before I moved out here to Vegas,” Clark explained. ”That’s actually why I moved to Vegas. I had my fiance – at the time – arrested on one count of attempted murder and two counts of assault. . .
“He didn’t get convicted. He got a 15-month suspended sentence, still allowed to leave the country. They gave him his second chance and I’m a firm believer that someone who is capable of going as far as he went with me – and I know he’s been further with other women before I met him – he’s not going to change. He can do all the convincing and all the lying in the world and he can convince you that he’s a really good person, but who he is at his core is someone who’s capable and willing to do stuff like that.
“So I am very against Greg [Hardy] being signed because I don’t believe that people like that change.“
The man in question was MMA fighter Julian Wallace, who in 2016 kicked Clark in the head while wearing boots, as well as attacking her ribs and attempted to choke Rose Clark out. Clark would find a way to break the choke hold and knock out Wallace with a headkick and escape. Wallace would plead guilty and get the aforementioned suspended sentence.
“Athletic ability seems to supersede any negative thing you do in your life,” Clark said regarding athletes like Hardy getting a second chance. “You see it time and time again, like Kobe Bryant. It happens so often and it blows my mind that that’s where our society is at. Like, ‘Oh, he did all these really terrible things, but he’s an amazing athlete, so f**k it, let’s just let him keep going and let him keep making his millions and let him keep being on TV.’ There’s no punishment.
“What stops him from going and doing it to the next girlfriend? I promise you that wasn’t the first girlfriend that he did that to but he didn’t get punished for that one, either. He didn’t get punished for the first one and he didn’t get punished for that one and now he’s going to be televised on one of the largest broadcasts in the world, for one of the most popular sports in the world. Where the f**k is the punishment? What’s stopping him from doing it to every girl that comes into contact with him?”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting