The ink is barely dry on his UFC contract, and Greg Hardy might already have trouble.
On last week’s edition of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Hardy had a sensational professional fighting debut, knocking out Austen Lane in just 57 seconds. His performance was so good it earned him a UFC contract, with White saying he wanted to see the ex-NFL All-Pro back in competition as soon as possible. That might not happen for a while though as Hardy apparently injured his knee over the weekend in an Arena Football League game.
In a report by ESPN, Hardy suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of his game with the Richmond Roughriders on Saturday night. He is expected to get the knee examined by doctor’s sometime this week to determine the severity of the injury.
The injury is a mixed bag for the UFC. Though White is ready to see Hardy fight again, and the former NFL star has the potential to be a star in MMA, the UFC has already taken backlash to signing Hardy given the fighter’s well-documented history with domestic violence. In 2014, Hardy was convicted of assaulting and threatening his girlfriend. The charges were overturned on appeal as the victim no longer wished to testify. Not long after that, Hardy washed out of the NFL. He took up fighting in 2016 but has said he would abandon MMA if given a chance to return to the NFL.
Results. Check out all the results from the PFL’s sophomore event last night.
ESPY. Georges St-Pierre, Rose Namajunas earn ‘Fighter of the Year’ ESPY nominations.
Appeal. Thiago Tavares will appeal bizarre TKO loss at PFL 2.
GOAT debate. Jon Jones blasts UFC social media for Daniel Cormier ‘GOAT’ praise.
Pride. UFC to sponsor Outsports LGBTQ Pride March contingent in New York.
Calvin Kattar befriending a bird. This got a lot of traction on non-MMA sites recently.
An excellent look at Ilima-Lei MacFarlane.
TTTHS is back in your life.
Kayla is already the best Women’s lightweight fighter on the planet.
Not a bad idea.
Fights Gone By. Jack Slack discussing the lackluster UFC Singapore card.
Submission Radio. Interviews with Stipe, Tuivasa, and Dave Meltzer.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
HI WINNING,— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) June 22, 2018
I MISSED YOU SO MUCH!!!!#PFL2
Today I’m celebrating a decade of fighting for the top combat sports organization in the world. Thanks to @ufc for giving me the platform to express my art. Thanks to my friends and family for the support and thanks to you guys for supporting the sport! https://t.co/o2EntRSPS9— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) June 22, 2018
Looking forward to it.
Siberian gangster is here pic.twitter.com/CJCWQ4nRlP— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) June 22, 2018
PFL has had two pretty good shows so far.
Brian Foster brutally finishes Ramsey Nijem with a perfectly timed flying knee followed by murderous GNP #PFL2 pic.twitter.com/siqKe7YRC0— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 22, 2018
This is enjoyable.
╳ ** Must Watch** Outtakes from @toyotires commercial #Bloopers #Toyotires ╳— Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) June 21, 2018
.#DominickCruz #DomCruz #TeamCruz #CruzAlliance #UFC #MMA .
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Web | https://t.co/0hAwOxEWI0 pic.twitter.com/m28VESGAao
In this video: Jacare is chasing David Branch's bait for a fight, but Elias Theodorou wants in on the action #MMAThings pic.twitter.com/xElcgDHJw4— Dave Madden (@DaveMMAdden) June 21, 2018
At 7lbs over you’re not a straw weight....you’re a hay bail! https://t.co/x76tU0csji— Chas Skelly (@ChasSkelly) June 22, 2018
Please do. The monotony of Reebok fight kits is soul-crushing.
Hey @Reebok, you gonna let me have a lil fun at weighins this time? #UFCLincoln @ufc https://t.co/SNqo2IC2Gf— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) June 21, 2018
Glad to hear Ray’s son is still doing okay.
Just got home from Anthony’s appointments in Denver, doctor was impressed with how well he is doing. It amazes me how strong this boy is. #borgstrong— Ray Borg (@tazmexufc) June 21, 2018
John Moraga (19-6) vs. Deiveson Figueiredo (14-0); UFC Lincoln; Aug. 25.
Gegard Mousasi (44-6-2) vs. Rory MacDonald (20-4); Bellator, Sept. 29.
TODAY IN MMA HISTORY
2002: Chuck Liddell won a unanimous decision over Vitor Belfort at UFC 37.5. This event featured the first time Joe Rogan took the booth as a color commentator for the UFC, having previously done behind-the-scenes interviews for the promotion.
2007: Frank Shamrock scored the last win of his career, submitting Phil Baroni to claim the Strikeforce middleweight title at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni.
Another week in the books and an odd MMA weekend ahead with the Singapore card happening extra-early in the morning tomorrow. It is on FightPass though so for those of you with the service, I suggest you sleep in, read our coverage, and then go back and watch the good fights. Maximum efficiency, that’s what we’re all about here.
Thanks for reading and see y’all on Monday for the beginning of the new era of MMAFighting.com.
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