Former UFC heavyweight Greg Hardy’s combat sports career continues to lurch from one disaster to another as he’s just picked up another KO loss, this time in the boxing ring.
Hardy was fighting in the Team Combat League promotion, which as the name implies is a team-based take on boxing, with different combatants from each team rotating into the action each round for the duration of the 18-round contest.
Hardy was competing for the Dallas Destroyers against the LA Tengoose’s Alexander Flores, who holds an 18-3-1 boxing record and also beat another former UFC fighter Matt Mitrione via unanimous decision in one of Triller’s boxing vs. MMA cards a couple of years ago.
The two first got a taste of the action in the 6th round of the match, and were then brought back in again in the 17th round, and that’s when things started to go badly wrong for former NFL player Hardy, who was floored mid-way through that 3-minute spell with a left hook.
Hardy got back to his feet and went on the offensive for a brief spell, before being clipped and backing up. A left and a right in quick succession then buckled his legs and left him slumped down against the ropes with 47 seconds left, and though he staggered back to his feet on unsteady legs the fight was over and would go down as a KO loss.
This won’t be registered as a loss on Hardy’s pro-boxing record, which still remains at 2-0, but it’s now his second KO defeat of the year as he was also knocked out in the 2nd round of a bareknuckle boxing match against Josh Watson back in February.
The 34-year-old Hardy had previously had a three-year stint in the UFC, but had failed to make his mark, bowing out with a 4-5 (+1nc) record in early 2022 after having suffered three T(KO) losses in a row.