Report: Greg Hardy’s Second Octagon Appearance Booked for UFC on ESPN 3 on April 27
By: Tristen Critchfield Mar 4, 2019
Hardy is expected to make his second Ultimate Fighting
Championship appearance at UFC on ESPN 3.
According to a report from
ESPN, Hardy will square off against Dmitry
Smoliakov in a heavyweight bout at the BB&T Center in Fort
Lauderdale, Fla. The Las Vegas-based promotion has not confirmed
Hardy’s Octagon debut ended in disqualification when landed an
illegal knee against Allen
Crowder in the second frame of their bout at UFC Brooklyn on
Jan. 19. The former NFL Pro Bowler was a controversial addition to
the UFC roster due to past allegations of domestic violence. Hardy
is 3-1 in MMA, including a pair of first-round stoppages on Dana
White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
Smoliakov went 0-2 during a brief UFC stint from 2016 to 2017. He
was submitted by
Luis Henrique Barbosa de Oliveira in the second round at UFC on
Fox 20 before suffering a first-round TKO defeat to Cyril Asker
in January 2017. The 36-year-old Russian owns a 9-2 career mark,
with all his victories coming inside the distance.