Saturday’s loss to Marcin Tybura exposed a glaring weakness in Greg Hardy’s game.
After an opening round in which the former NFL Pro Bowler’s standup looked as good as it ever has in the Octagon, he appeared to be just as helpless on the canvas in Round 2. Once Tybura executed a takedown, it was academic from there, as Hardy wilted under an onslaught of punches and hammerfists 4:31 into the second period.
The image of a defenseless Hardy covering up against Tybura’s ground-and-pound should be ammunition for future opponents. Prior to UFC Fight Night 183, Hardy had only absorbed three significant ground strikes in seven Octagon appearances.
Hardy admitted that he is still a work-in-progress as a mixed martial artist following the discouraging defeat.
“Gotta take my Ls like a man. Always have and always will,” Hardy wrote on Instagram. “I have become a much better fighter but I am far from complete. #tentoesdown This loss is [definitely] on me. My [coaches] and team are the best in the world. It’s on me to make adjustments.”
The loss snapped a modest two-bout winning streak for Hardy, who falls to 4-3 with one no contest over the course of his UFC tenure.