UFC President Dana White announced earlier today that Greg Hardy has been signed to the UFC after winning his mma debut Tuesday night on the promotions contender series.
Hardy defeated Austin Lane via KO in 57 seconds shown in the video bellow.
But does Hardy deserve this opportunity? In July 2014, he was found guilty on two counts related to domestic violence against a woman. The charges were dismissed on appeal in February 2015 after the accuser couldn't be contacted for the jury trial.
Hardy's then girlfriend accused him of throwing her on a bed" Covered with guns" She said he told her all the weapons were loaded, and that he “threatened to shoot me if I went to the media or reported his assaults to anyone.” She estimated between 25 and 30 guns, including “AK-47s, automatic-looking weapons, shotguns, rifles and pistols.”
It appears that Hardy is apart of the world's largest MMA promotion, and now the promotion and White have been under heavy scrutiny since Hardy was announced for the series, and rightfully so.
Congratulations to Greg Hardy on his UFC contract! pic.twitter.com/qTElwMMgNW— Karisa Maxwell (@KarisaMaxwell) June 13, 2018
Dana White in 2014: "There's one thing that you never bounce back from, and that's putting your hands on a woman." Dana White right about now: "I didn't mean that, Greg Hardy. Welcome to the UFC."— Jeff Wagenheim (@jeffwagenheim) June 13, 2018
I can understand the urge to force Greg Hardy into a redemption story. The narrative is right there. But he's done nothing to atone for what he did; he's just moving on to another career, and his new employer is already out here obfuscating on his behalf.— Patrick Wyman (@Patrick_Wyman) June 13, 2018
I see Greg Hardy won his MMA fight. Here's hoping he gets just good enough to get put in with a truly great fighter, and that said truly great fighter beats him to a goddamn pulp.— Chris Mueller (@ChrisMuellerPGH) June 13, 2018