THE GREG HARDY DEBACLE
Sometimes, it’s way too obvious.
The Greg Hardy Debacle is unintentional comedy at its absolute finest. Really, only the creator himself could have scripted such a poetic narrative. Not only did the UFC welcome a known woman beater into their ranks without hesitation, they gave him preferential treatment. Wife beaters don’t even get that level of respect in prison, perhaps the only place more violent than the Octagon.
Greg Hardy is a nobody in the world of MMA. With a whopping total of zero amateur fights, and three professional bouts, his UFC debut placed him as the co-main event of the first ever ESPN card. Why? Because he played in the NFL and was plagued with enough controversy to garner interest. The UFC bar is that low.
Donald Cerrone, the UFC’s all time finish and fight of the night bonus winner was also on the card. His resume wasn’t enough to unseat Hardy as the co-main event. Rachael Ostovich is a victim of domestic abuse and fought on the card as well, this also wasn’t deemed worthy of excluding Hardy from the fight card. Even fighter and funny man Brendan Schaub saw the inherent public relations problem with putting them on the same card.
People can and do change, and deserve second chances. Last night was Greg Hardy’s opportunity to show the world he isn’t an out of control monster. Instead, he gasses out against a hand picked opponent while showcasing to the world the fact he isn’t ready from a technical standpoint to compete at even the middle echelon of the UFC. As soon as he realized this, he launched a blatantly illegal knee to the dome of his helpless opponent. Instant disqualification.
And of course, Uncle Dana saw nothing wrong with any of it.
“One thing I did learn about Hardy tonight, he can fight.” that’s what Dana White learned about Greg Hardy. He went on to compliment his ground game, another puzzling statement considering he did nothing at all on the mat. For someone so closely associated with the fight game, White’s inability to differentiate athletic ability from actual fighting skill is frightening.
I’ve never laughed so much during one night of fights. From the moment Greg Hardy entered the cage, it was obvious that something is off about him. He’s creepy as hell. Following the first round, he was physically exhausted. Fatigue makes cowards of us all, and he seized his first opportunity to get out of the fight by cheating. All of this on the inaugural ESPN card.
For those using his inexperience as an excuse, actually think about it. This same rule applies to amateur fighters, and they seem to have no problem with it. You don’t fight MMA for two years and somehow fail to grasp the basic rules. Prize fighting isn’t brain surgery.
In the end, Dana White will continue to promote him and give him fights. It is what it is. But we shouldn’t overlook the utter hilarity of the Greg Hardy debacle. The only thing funnier than the embarrassing spectacle were the comments that followed. Enjoy!
— Cody Stamann (@CodyStamann) January 20, 2019
#GregHardy is even too violent for UFC.
Get this man into therapy.
— Guy (@SignorGuy) January 20, 2019
— Troy Travis (@troyroytravis) January 20, 2019
— Joshua Slinkard (@josh_slinkard) January 20, 2019
— Canuck_In_Costa_Rica (@CanuckBombax) January 20, 2019
Reddit joined in too.