Since coming into the world of MMA, former NFL superstar Greg Hardy has seen a run of success in his short career. Holding a 5-1 record as a professional and 3-0 as an amateur, Hardy has been one of the most talked about additions to the UFC, mainly because of domestic violence allegations that led to his exit from the NFL.
After two successful appearances on Dana White’s Contender Series, Hardy was given a developmental deal with the UFC and would go on to win one more fight before making his UFC debut in January of 2019. Hardy’s debut did not go as planned as he landed an illegal knee that led to his first professional loss.
Following the loss, Hardy would bounce back with two victories in the heavyweight division over Dmitry Smolyakov and Greg Hardy, both coming in the first round. Now scheduled for his fourth fight in the calendar year at UFC Boston this weekend, Hardy will face Ben Sosoli who is 7-2 in his professional career. Speaking to the media ahead of his fight against Sosoli, Hardy took aim at future high-ranked opponents, saying he knows he has to pay his dues before getting the bigger matchups.
“My whole point and objective in this takeover, so we’ll call it, is to earn it. Show you that I am meant to be here. I earned it, paid every single due. Went through the circuit as an amateur, I fought my way up on Contender Series like everyone else has too. I defended my position as a UFC fighter like everybody else does with regular opponents.” (Courtesy of MMA Fighting)
Hardy would then go on to say that when those higher-ranked opponents do get offered to him, he has plans of knocking them all out, including current heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.
“When it comes to the point where I can handle myself in the ring, be professional, and put on a show, that is when we will go to the top and it is not going to stop. It is going to be the same skill as this, every two months. I’m going to knock out Derrick [Lewis], knock out [Francis] Ngannou, knock out Stipe [Miocic], I might submit somebody, you don’t know.
Making his plans known to continue to be active in the heavyweight division and move up the rankings to take on the division’s best, Greg Hardy is not backing down from his goal of becoming the best fighter in the UFC’s heavyweight division.