Greg Hardy to Share Card with Rachael Ostovich for UFC Debut in Brooklyn on Jan. 19
By: Tristen Critchfield Dec 5, 2018
Troubled former NFL Pro Bowler Greg Hardy
will make his Octagon debut against Allen
Crowder at UFC Fight Night 143 in Brooklyn.
ESPN.com was first to report the heavyweight matchup.
Not only is the card the promotion’s first on ESPN+, but it also
Ostovich, who recently suffered a broken orbital from her
husband in an
alleged domestic violence incident. Placing Hardy on that same
bill could be perceived as a poor decision, because the heavyweight
was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend in 2014 and missed
the majority of the NFL season after being placed on the
commissioner’s exempt list. He was sentenced to 18 months’
probation, but charges from the case were later dropped, and
Hardy’s record was expunged when the victim failed to appear in
Hardy has been a controversial figure since the UFC signed him to
appear on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series this summer.
The UFC president
defended the decision by pointing out that Hardy had gone
through the entire legal process and deserved a second chance.
Hardy has since gone 3-0 in his professional career, defeating each
of his opponents by KO/TKO inside of a minute. He initially signed
a developmental deal with the UFC following his first Contender
Series victory. Hardy also went 3-0 as an amateur.
Crowder represents a step up in competition for Hardy in terms of
experience. “Pretty Boy” lost his Octagon debut to Justin
Willis via first-round knockout at UFC 233 after earning a
contract with the promotion on the Contender Series. He is 9-3 with
one no contest over the course of his pro career, which also
includes a loss against Curtis
Blaydes on the regional circuit.