UFC heavyweight star Greg Hardy has been finally released by the promotion after a series of losses and bad performances. Greg Hardy previously played in the National Football League (NFL) for six seasons, primarily with the Carolina Panthers. Greg Hardy made it to the limelight during Dana White’s contender series. He then made it to the UFC with an undefeated professional record of 3–0 and all of those 3 wins came by way of knockout and that too inside one minute. He was promoted as the next big thing but then slowly started to fade away as he was not able to handle the top fighters of the division.
In his last fight, he was scheduled to face Aleksei Oleinik on January 22, 2022, at UFC 270. However, Oleynik withdrew from the event for undisclosed reasons and he was replaced by Sergey Spivak. The fight was also moved to UFC 272. Greg lost the fight via TKO in the very first round. UFC 272 took place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card streamed on ESPN+ pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.
After the fight, Greg Hardy released a statement in an Instagram post where he revealed that his UFC contract has come to an end, and now he is entering free agency.
“I’m ok first of all for those who wana know,” Hardy posted. “No excuses, gotta get better. I don’t know what to do but say sorry. More coming for the prince of War just gotta get my shit together. Thank you to the @ufc and @danawhite for being in my corner. Thank you coaches and training partners and agents @firstroundmgmt. Everyone did their job accept for me. This one is on me and there are no excuses for me lacking. I refuse to die but I have to reevaluate for sure.”
Sergey Spivak after the fight stated that he had an amazing time during his fight against Greg Hardy and also said that Hardy is an amazing opponent. He also revealed that he was preparing for this fight for the last six months.
“I feel amazing. I know Greg Hardy is a very big opponent, and he has knockout power, but I’m ready for this,” Spivac said in his post-fight interview with Rogan. “I prepared six months for this fight.”
There is no update from the UFC regarding Greg Hardy’s free agency. But it seems like UFC is not interested in re-signing him and Greg will now have to find a new home for his fighting future.
- Greg Hardy has been released by the UFC
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