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.”
Dana White no longer wishes to discuss the Greg Hardy situation.
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”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.