Former NFL Bad Boy Greg Hardy To Make UFC Debut On First ESPN+ Card

Controversial former NFL bay boy Greg Hardy is set to make his official UFC debut against Allen Crowder at UFC On ESPN+ 1 on January 19th in Brooklyn.

Hardy is a former defensive end with the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys who was charged with domestic assault in 2014 and two years was arrest for possession of cocaine, among other incidents that led to him being exiled from the sport.

The 30-year-old has since turned his attention to MMA and was given the opportunity to make his professional debut on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.

After winning by KO, Hardy was signed to a development deal by the UFC despite his chequered past and has since gone on to win two more fights.

Now he’s finally been welcomed into the UFC, where he’ll face Crowder, who also comes off Dana White’s Contender Series and currently holds a 9-3 record, but lost to Justin Willis in his only fight in the Octagon to date.

Hardy Vs Crowder joins a still-in-development UFC On ESPN+ 1 card that also currently features Paige VanZant Vs Rachael Ostovich and Glover Teixeira Vs Ion Cutelaba.

Ross launched MMA Insight (previously in 2009 as a way to channel his passion for the sport of mixed martial arts. He's since penned countless news stories and live fight reports along with dozens of feature articles as the lead writer for the site, reaching millions of fans in the process.