It appears that UFC president Dana White was serious when he said they would bring along Greg Hardy at a measured pace. After two big knockout victories on his Tuesday Night Contender Series, it was expected that his next fight would likely take place in the UFC itself.
Well, he is competing on Fight Pass. But it won’t be for the UFC.
MMA Junkie is reporting that the former NFL player is scheduled to fight Ray Jones (1-1) at Xtreme Fight 352 on September 29th in Oklahoma. The card will air on the UFC’s streaming service.
Hardy (2-0) stopped his opponent in 57 seconds and 17 seconds respectively in his first two pro bouts, which both aired on Fight Pass. Hardy was signed to a UFC contract after the first one, but the 30-year-old is being used as a developmental prospect as opposed to being thrown to the wolves right away – an unusual way of doing things for the UFC.
Hardy was a controversial signing by the promotion due to his past convictions on domestic violence and drug charges. He stated that White was “an angel” for giving him a second chance.