UFC fighter Greg Hardy recently announced his exit from the promotion. In a post released Tuesday, Hardy, 34, offered a poignant goodbye to a sport where he electrified fans but amassed an appalling record of 4-5-1.
“What a run, ya boy is far from done just got some fine-tuning to do,” Hardy posted on Instagram. “Thank you to all my fans and haters. I appreciate you all. Mostly I appreciate my coaches, family, and the UFC for giving me the opportunity to shine bright.”
The UFC History of Greg Hardy
Hardy burst onto the scene in 2018 when he won two fights on the Dana White Contender Series in less than two minutes combined. He got enrolled in the promotion off a hot start comprising breathtaking finishes and a first-round TKO in his first three fights.
The former NFL star would then hit mixed fortunes in the UFC, and just four fights into his stint with the promotion he continued to find himself at the center of controversy. He lost his first fight via disqualification, then the second bout despite initially winning it via unanimous decision. It was later ruled as a no-contest after he used his inhaler between rounds.
Hardy claimed the inhaler is for exercise-induced asthma, which he has had his whole life, and that he uses the inhaler every day, although he had never used it during a fight. His use of inhaler was on his USADA and MSAC paperwork, he said.
“I was in the ring, me and my coach asked the commission if it would be OK to use my inhaler, and they said yes, so I took it,” Hardy said. “I’m still a new guy in this sport. I did what I do in every situation. I asked permission, I got permission, and I did what I was told.” he claimed.
The End of a UFC Career
His last battle probably made Hardy rethink his decision to join the game. He last competed at UFC 272 where Sergey Spivak stopped him with a TKO in the first round. The defeat was his third in a row, which all came by stoppages.
Against Tai Tuivasa he took a hard left hook to the face and went out cold, and he also lost to Marcin Tybura via KO/TKO before that.
The UFC has tried to promote Hardy as a potentially elite fighter, although he appeared unlikely ever to reach the upper echelons of mixed martial arts. Now, his latest statement will seemingly bring an end to Hardy’s run with the promotion.
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