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UFC Fight Night Brooklyn Results: Greg Hardy Gets DQ’d for an Illegal Knee Because of Course He Does

If anyone came into UFC on ESPN+1 lugging around some baggage, it was Greg Hardy. After all, the ex-NFLer is no longer a pro football player anymore because of some nasty domestic violence issues. But he’s won quick and violently on Dana White’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series”, so he we are.

Standing opposite him in the Octagon was Allen Crowder, a total nobody who had the crowd’s love simply because Hardy is a villain.

And in the opening seconds, it was the villain throwing heat and the hero taking lumps. But in a scant few seconds Hardy was spent, and it was Crowder’s turn to take control – which he did by getting Hardy down and working him over a bit. Crowder threw his advantage away with a guillotine attempt, but he’s no salty veteran, and mistakes happen.

Round 2 saw the two going at it on the feet, and when it was clear that Hardy had nothing in the tank, Crowder began verbally taunting the heck out of him.

And then Hardy did the most Hardy thing ever: Crowder wound up on one knee in a scramble, and while standing above him, Hardy cracked him with a knee to the dome.

Yup, a totally illegal technique, and when Crowder couldn’t continue, referee Dan Miragliotta disqualified Hardy without blinking.

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Video: Hardy Comes Face-To-Face With One Of His Biggest Critics

Much of the talk surrounding the upcoming UFC on ESPN+ 1 fight card — which is set to pop off this Saturday (Jan. 19, 2019) in Brooklyn , N.Y. — has been the debut of Greg Hardy, which will be a co-main event slot against Allen Crowder.

Indeed, the controversial figure simply can’t escape his past after he was embroiled in an ugly domestic violence case a few years ago. And despite how much UFC president Dana White wants everyone to move on, many people simply can not.

And they are under no obligation to do so.

Among Hardy’s biggest critics is longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) journalist Ariel Helwani, who has gone on record on multiple ESPN platforms recently to express his unhappiness with having Hardy get such a big opportunity in his UFC debut. Above all else, however, putting Hardy on the same card as Rachael Ostovich — who was recently involved in a domestic violence case herself — was simply a “tone deaf” decision, according to Helwani.

Not one to hide behind the camera, though, Ariel came face-to-face with Hardy earlier today (Jan. 17, 2019) in Brooklyn during a media day to talk about — among other things — his criticism toward him.

This is what Hardy had to say.

“I would say two things, it’s a two-fold answer. One, you would not be where you are now if you were shooting for low-level journalism. The only way to get there is to shoot for the stars. So I encourage everybody out there to shoot for the stars,” said Hardy.

“Opportunities come and you have to take them. That’s the only thing that I am doing. And the other answer is, God bless you, brother. I would be just like everybody you’re talking about that wants to hate me or throw me away as a human being and devalue me and act like I don’t have worth if I sat here and said I’m upset with you because you have an opinion.”

“You are allowed to have an opinion and that should not affect how I feel about you because you have done no wrong to me man. You’re awesome,” he concluded.

One person who does take issue is UFC president Dana White, who didn’t take too kindly to Helwani’s criticism of the former NFL defensive end. Though that battle has been on-going for years now.

Nevertheless, Hardy added that he hopes the time will come that he no longer has to keep answering the same questions about his past, and says the 2019 version of himself is here to stay and is determined to prove that the opportunities he’s getting on the big stage are warranted.

To see Hardy’s full interview click play in the embedded video player below:

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Ostovich: Greg Hardy Has Nothing To Do With Me

There were several people in the combat community who were baffled at Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) decision to book Greg Hardy to co-headline UFC on ESPN+ — which is set for Jan. 19, 2019 — the same card Rachael Ostovich will face Paige VanZant.

Hardy was the center of attention a few years ago for a domestic violence dispute that ultimately cut his NFL career short, paving the way for him to pursue his mixed martial arts (MMA) dreams full time. Ostovich, meanwhile, is the victim of an alleged domestic abuse case at the hands of her husband late last year.

Ostovich admits she really didn’t give the situation too much thought initially, saying it was social media that eventually brought it to her attention.

“I remember waking up to all kinds of stuff on Twitter wondering, ‘What is this, what in the world?’ I really didn’t look into it too much because I was busy dealing with my own thing, my daughter and life goes on. I started getting calls and people reached out to me,” Ostovich recalled during an interview on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.

“And, well, this has nothing to do with me. I am focused on my fight, on my … nobody’s story is the same and no one’s situation is the same. I have nothing to do with Greg Hardy and I am just grateful to be fighting again.”

While her case is still ongoing, Ostovich says she is too busy to be worrying about the personal and legal situations of others, but says everyone deserves second chances. And just like Hardy is turning his own life around, Ostovich hopes her husband — Arnold Berdon — can do the same.

“I believe in second chances. I am glad he’s (Hardy) making a turnaround and I hope the same can happen for my husband and anybody else who has made a wrong choice. I’ve made wrong choices and I was able to come back from those kinds of things,” she added. “We’ve all been, you know, not on our best behavior. For some people, they get caught or whatever may be. I don’t know his situation, I only know mine so I can’t speak on it.”

Referring to Dana White as a compassionate “uncle” who was very interested in her thoughts of fighting alongside Hardy after she did her homework and found out his backstory, Ostovich couldn’t help but to commend her boss in the handling of the whole situation.

“I told him it’s not up to me and whoever you put on the card so whoever you guys got. I’m just focused on my fight. This is my big fight and I am not going to give it up no matter what. I honestly didn’t know who Greg Hardy was,” she laughs. “I’m so bad.”

White has claimed that Hardy has already paid his dues and dealt with enough criticism regarding his domestic assault case, and like Greg, everyone needs to find a way to move on and not keep dwelling on his incident.

As for Ostovich, she is trying to do the same, and though she wouldn’t reveal any new details about the alleged assault she suffered at the hands of her husband, she feels stepping into the cage against Paige is good step forward in getting through her own domestic abuse obstacle.

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Greg Hardy Is The Co-Main Event For UFC’s First ESPN Card

The special treatment for disgraced former NFL player Greg Hardy continues.

Many members of the MMA media and martial arts scene in general have been unhappy with Dana White’s decision to sign Hardy to the UFC, due to his controversial past which includes an extremely disturbing incident of domestic violence. That unhappiness grew when it was announced that Hardy would make his debut January 19th on the first UFC show broadcast on ESPN and ESPN+. And we imagine some will be even less impressed to learn Hardy’s fight has now been slotted in the co-main event spot, just under the champion vs. champion fight between TJ Dillashaw and Henry Cejudo.

It’s a somewhat surprising move considering the amount of pushback the UFC has received on the fighter. Leading up to UFC 231, the promotion attempted to block questions from reporters about Hardy, and Dana White flat out told media during a scrum that he was done talking about it before abruptly storming off.

”I’m not going to talk about Greg Hardy any more,” White said. “I already covered this. I’m not playing this bulls**t with you guys. He’s on the UFC roster. Period. End of story.”

Placing the 3-0 Hardy so high up the card is the UFC making it very clear that they’re all in, and done listening to moralizing about his past. Someone obviously thinks the former Dallas Cowboys defensive end could turn into a real star for the organization, and they’re providing Sage Northcutt levels of favorable treatment to make Greg Hardy happen.

The UFC fast tracked him into the league via Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, then signed him to a rare development deal where they got him a fight in the minor leagues. Now his fight sits right in the spotlight under the main event on a historic card. If he beats Allen Crowder (9-3 MMA 0-1 UFC) on January 19th, you better believe the Hardy hype train will be full steam ahead.

The big question: can the UFC turn this already tainted tale into one of redemption or will it produce a dark cloud over every event Hardy participates in, making your average Jon Jones fiasco or Colby Covington interaction seem quaint by comparison?

Here’s the full card:

Main Card (ESPN+, 10 PM ET)

Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Allen Crowder vs. Greg Hardy
Gregor Gillespie vs. Yancy Medeiros
Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz
Rachael Ostovich vs. Paige VanZant
Ion Cutelaba vs. Glover Teixeira

Preliminary Card (ESPN TV, 8 PM ET)

Donald Cerrone vs. Alexander Hernandez
Joanne Calderwood vs. Ariane Lipski
Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira
John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen

Preliminary Card (ESPN+, 6:30 PM ET)

Randy Brown vs. Chance Rencountre
Belal Muhammad vs. Geoff Neal
Dennis Bermudez vs. Te Edwards

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Dana White Is Done With Greg Hardy Questions

UFC president Dana White has been getting a lot of heat for trying to turn former NFL player Greg Hardy into a new featured attraction in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

The problem? Hardy’s troubling past, which includes a pretty horrific case of domestic violence. After landing a development deal through Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series that paid him as he cut his teeth in the minors, Hardy will now debut in the big leagues on the UFC’s first ESPN+ card in January.

Including Hardy on a historic card was bad enough for some, even before they realized he was now sharing the card with flyweight Rachel Ostovich. Ostovich was nearly taken out of her fight with Paige VanZant after her husband allegedly assaulted her, damaging her orbital bone and causing her to cough up blood. Ostovich fought to stay on the card, not just for herself but to send a message … one the UFC is kinda muddying up with Hardy’s inclusion.

Much hay has been made on the topic since the announcement earlier this week, and White officially put the hammer down on Hardy questions at a UFC 231 media scrum Friday night.

”So we’ve been building this ESPN card for a while, and he was one of the guys that we had planned on putting on that card,” White explained. “But no, [Ostovich] wasn’t booked. And then she came off the card. I’m not going to talk about Greg Hardy any more. I already covered this. I’m not playing this bulls**t with you guys. He’s on the UFC roster. Period. End of story.”

”He’s on the roster!” White said, getting agitated. “Listen, you guys want to be sensitive about s**t? Anyone can be sensitive about anything. You can make an issue about everything. The wierd thing is that you guys give a f**k but she doesn’t. She doesn’t care! You know what she said yesterday in her statement? ‘Please stop asking me about this. I want to focus on training. I don’t want this to be an issue for me. I don’t know this guy, this guy has nothing to do with me. I have nothing to do with this guy, this guy has never done anything to me. This isn’t an issue.’ You, you, you, and a lot of other people are making this an issue.”

”It’s not an issue for her. She doesn’t have an issue with this. She actually doesn’t want to talk about it any more and she asked you yesterday ‘Please, I don’t want to talk about this any more. I want to move on with my training and focus on that. So if you guys want to keep bringing this up and making it an issue, you can. And I get it, it probably gets hits and probably does well for you guys, but she doesn’t want to talk about it any more.”

”So that’s the end of the story,” he said, cutting off follow up questions. “I’m done with it. I’m done with it. I’m done with it. I’M DONE WITH IT! I’m done! Don’t make me leave. I’m done with it.”

He thinks he’s done with it? UFC on ESPN+ 1 is still over 40 days away. We doubt he’s done with it at all.

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Dana White Responds to Criticism About Booking Greg Hardy on Brooklyn Card

Addressing the controversy regarding the booking of Greg Hardy on the same card as recent alleged domestic violence victim Rachael Ostovich, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White defended the decision while responding to criticism.
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Dana White Responds to Criticism About Booking Greg Hardy on Brooklyn Card

Addressing the controversy regarding the booking of Greg Hardy on the same card as recent alleged domestic violence victim Rachael Ostovich, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White defended the decision while responding to criticism.
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Dana White Responds to Criticism About Booking Greg Hardy on Brooklyn Card

Addressing the controversy regarding the booking of Greg Hardy on the same card as recent alleged domestic violence victim Rachael Ostovich, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White defended the decision while responding to criticism.
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Greg Hardy Plus Rachel Ostovich Equals a Very Interesting UFC Card

Greg Hardy likes to beat his women. Rachel Ostovich was beaten up by her man. Both are UFC fighters, and guess what? It appears both are going to be on the UFC on ESPN+1 card.

If you’ll recall, Hardy’s appearance on the Tuesday Night Contender Series drew a lot of ire from fans because, well, Hardy has a bit of moral baggage he carries around with him. You know, the whole domestic violence thing.

Ostovich, meanwhile, just had her orbital bone broken courtesy of her husband, but is overcoming that domestic violence trauma to be able to face Paige VanZant.

And the UFC has put both an abuser and a victim on the same card.

Some argue that this is kind of tone deaf on the UFC’s part.

Sure, maybe it is. But it’s not like Ostovich is going to be in danger of Hardy attacker her, is she?

What do you think? Is this much ado over nothing? Or definite weak sauce by the UFC?

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Dana White Responds to Criticism About Booking Greg Hardy on Brooklyn Card

Addressing the controversy regarding the booking of Greg Hardy on the same card as recent alleged domestic violence victim Rachael Ostovich, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White defended the decision while responding to criticism.
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