Greg Hardy Hints At UFC Release Following Completion Of Contract: ‘What A Run’

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 13, 2022
    Greg Hardy

    Controversial heavyweight, Greg Hardy appears to have announced his departure from the UFC this Saturday evening, following the completion of his contractual obligations with the organization last weekend at UFC 272.

    Hardy, 33, featured on the main card of UFC 272 last weekend at the T-Mobile Arena, suffering a one-sided first round ground strikes knockout loss to Moldovan contender, Sergey Spivak.

    The defeat came as Hardy’s third loss consecutively, and third defeat successively via strikes, following prior losses to the #3 ranked contender, Tai Tuivasa, and former M-1 Global heavyweight champion, Marcin Tybura.

    7-5(1) as a professional, Hardy, a former defensive end in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers, entered the UFC back in January 2019, boasting a 3-0 professional record.

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    Featuring twice on Dana White’s Contender Series, Hardy defeated both Austen Lane, and Tebaris Gordon with knockout wins, before landing a 53-second stoppage win against Rasheem Jones under the Xtreme Fight Night banner before his UFC bow.

    Featuring at UFC Fight Night Brooklyn, Hardy was disqualified just over two minutes into the bout after landing an illegal knee to a downed, Allen Crowder.

    Eventually notching two consecutive wins, Hardy stopped the pair of Dmitry Smolyakov, and Juan Adams with strikes, before a unanimous decision win over Ben Sosoli was eventually overturned to an official ‘No Contest’ after Hardy utilized an inhaler on his stool between rounds.

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    In his return, Hardy co-headlined UFC Fight Night Moscow in November 2019, suffering a short notice unanimous decision loss to Alexander Volkov.

    Before his run of three consecutive knockout losses, the Tennessee native stopped Maurice Green with strikes after a unanimous decision win over promotional alum, Yorgan de Castro.

    Appearing to announce his departure from the promotion on his official Instagram account, Hardy insisted he was from finished at a professional mixed martial artist despite the completion of his UFC deal.

    “What a run, ya boy is far from done just got some fine-tuning to do,” Grey Hardy posted on Instagram. “Thank you to all my fans and haters. I appreciate you all. Mostly I appreciate my coaches, family, and the @UFC for giving me the opportunity to shine bright.”

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