Greg Hardy is being overlooked by media and fans ahead of UFC 264, says Dana White
UFC president Dana White believes that heavyweight fighter Greg Hardy is being overlooked by media and fans ahead of UFC 264.
Hardy takes on Tai Tuivasa in a heavyweight bout at Saturday’s UFC 264 pay-per-view event. For Hardy, he will be looking to get back into the win column after being stopped for the first time in his MMA career his last time out against Marcin Tybura. A member of the UFC heavyweight division roster since 2019, Hardy has gone 4-3, 1 NC overall in the UFC so far. Despite a winning record in the UFC, however, Hardy has still been considered a disappointment by some fans and media as he hasn’t been able to take the next step in his MMA career and become a true contender. White, though, is pleased with what he’s seen from “The Prince of War” so far during his run inside the Octagon.
Speaking to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter, White had nothing but good things to say about Hardy, admitting that he didn’t expect him to still be on the UFC roster and that he is being overlooked before UFC 264.
“This guy’s coming in, he played football his whole life. He came in at an older age and he started training MMA. I talked to (Dallas Cowboys owner) Jerry Jones when we signed him. He told me, man, he said, ‘He’s one of the toughest, meanest dudes I’ve ever had on the team,’ and he was right. For him to still be here, I think people are overlooking what this guy’s accomplished, that here’s still here in the UFC,” White said.
As for the fight this Saturday against Tuivasa, White says it’s a test to show where Hardy is at now.
“This is a big one. Obviously, he’s going in against Tai Tuivasa, which is a very tough fight for anyone. This is a real big test for him. Tai Tuivasa comes out from bell to bell and tries to take your head off. I think this fight is going to be a war and tell us where he’s at,” White said.
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