The UFC is promoting Hardy thanks to his notoriety, but
unfortunately, that notoriety comes from the domestic violence
incidents that essentially forced him out of the NFL.
Hardy getting a second chance via a profession that makes him more
efficient at damaging people is tone-deaf enough, but the UFC also
chose to book his debut as a co-main event on a card where one of
the other prominent fights features Rachael
Ostovich, who is coming back from being a victim of a domestic
violence incident of her own.
If it was not for all the outside-of-the-cage stuff, Hardy would be
an excellent prospect thanks to his athleticism and power, even if
it is all currently just unchecked aggression. That will probably
be enough to beat Crowder, a North Carolina native who has some
solid wrestling and is a decent enough low-level UFC heavyweight.
If he can survive Hardy’s early onslaught, it is easy to see him
winning the last two rounds of the fight in an ugly grind, as Hardy
has yet to have a fight last over a minute. However, Crowder
probably cannot survive. The pick is Hardy via first-round
knockout, as the show will unfortunately go on.