Greg Hardy
The Prince of War

USA

Can't solve Alexander Volkov
HeavyweightUFC
November 9, 2019
Hardy lost to Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.
ANALYSIS
Hardy asked for this fight about three weeks ago following the withdrawal of Junior dos Santos and received his wish. Considering he just fought on October 18, this may have very well been one of his stronger performances despite the result. Perhaps it was the fact he didn't have time to prepare for Volkov or perhaps it was the fact Hardy told his corner he injured his hand in Round 1, but Hardy appeared calmer and more composed in the octagon than his previous fights. Yes, he clearly lost and was badly outclassed by a better, more experienced opponent, but Hardy deserves some credit for his effort. Hardy's two biggest issues moving forward are his poor cardio and the fact he has just eight pro fights under his belt at age 31. The cardio can improve with time and effort, but it's unless he fights three or four times a year, it's difficult to see how Hardy can make up for the lack of experience.
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Will fight at UFC Moscow
HeavyweightUFC
October 22, 2019
Hardy will take on Alexander Volkov in a heavyweight bout at UFC Moscow on Nov. 9, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Hardy will step in as the co-main event on short notice after Volkov's previous opponent, Junior dos Santos, was forced to withdraw from the fight due to a bacterial infection in his leg. Hardy will become the first heavyweight fighter in UFC history to fight five times in a calendar year, and a win over Volkov could put him in the conversation to contend for the title in the near future. Volkov carries a slight height advantage, but the two fighters are even in reach. Hardy is coming off a win at UFC Boston that was changed to a no contest due to his use of an inhaler between rounds. This matchup against an experienced and powerful opponent in Volkov will easily be Hardy's toughest test to date. Look for him to enter as a sizable betting underdog.
No contest decision clarified
HeavyweightUFC
October 21, 2019
Hardy's win against Ben Sosoli on Friday was changed to a no contest because he hadn't received permission to use the inhaler he used between rounds, Steven Marrocco of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The inhaler didn't contain any banned substances, but using anything at all in the cage that a fighter hadn't received explicit permission for is disallowed, outside of objects such as a water bottle and adhesive tape which are outlined in MSAC rules. A fighter can ask for permission to bring in other objects, but Hardy failed to do that. Hardy's team is expected to appeal the ruling.
Win changed to no contest
HeavyweightUFC
October 19, 2019
Hardy's victory over Ben Sosoli on Friday in Boston was changed due to a no contest due to his use of an inhaler between rounds, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hardy used an inhaler between Round 2 and Round 3 in violation of UFC rules. Hardy said that he got permission to use the device, stating, "Me and my coach asked the commission if it would be OK to use my inhaler, and they said yes, so I took it." It's unclear if he will attempt to challenge the decision or if he'll have to settle for his win being taken away.
Wins in Boston amid controversy
HeavyweightUFC
October 18, 2019
Hardy defeated Ben Sosoli via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Friday in Boston.
ANALYSIS
Hardy won, and deserved to win, but it was a poor performance in a lackluster fight and a victory that is now marred by controversy. Hardy was apparently using an inhaler between Rounds 2 and 3, which according to UFC rules expert Marc Ratner, is 100 percent illegal. If this is indeed proven to be true, Hardy is in danger of having his victory overturned on appeal. The UFC is in a difficult position with Hardy. On one hand, he has legitimate power, is obviously a world-class athlete and has name recognition. On the other, he's a one-dimensional brawler, has limited pro experience since he has spent most of his adult life playing in the NFL, and is clearly not popular with the fans due to his past transgressions. Hardy continues to be in hot water despite riding a three-fight win streak.
Moved to Boston card
HeavyweightUFC
October 16, 2019
Hardy will now take on Ben Sosoli in a heavyweight matchup at UFC Boston on Oct. 18, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Hardy was originally scheduled to face Jarjis Danho at UFC Singapore on Oct. 26, but Danho was forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. Instead, he'll take on a fighter in Sosoli with exactly 10 pro bouts to his name. UFC fans may remember Sosoli from Dana White's Contender Series this summer, when he fought Dustin Joynson to a no-contest due to an accidental eye poke. Prior to that, Sosoli had rattled off four consecutive TKO victories. Hardy has been equally hot, bouncing back from a DQ loss to Allen Crowder to pick up back-to-back first-round TKO victories. Hardy has yet to answer fair questions about his cardio and grappling ability inside the UFC Octagon, but it's unclear if his 29-year-old opponent with a similar experience level will truly test him in those areas.