Panthers fans have a reason to watch (or tune out) the UFC fights on Saturday night.
Many know Greg Hardy from his horrific domestic violence arrest, but despite being thrown out of the NFL and facing major backlash from fans, the athlete has found a new home in the Octagon. The hatred many feel for Hardy didn’t stop the UFC from not only signing Hardy but now putting him on a card that is expected to reach new heights with the world watching the first live sporting event in a very long time.
Hardy got his first shot in the MMA world with a debut match against Joe Hawkins in a 32 second knock out. Hardy then continued his dominance in the amateur MMA world with knock outs of Kenneth Woods in the first round and Ryan Chester in just 14 seconds. Once people caught on and with already having name recognition from the NFL, Hardy got the call to fight in Dana White’s competition where he met and knocked out another ex-NFL defensive end Austin Lane. That fight got Hardy a contract with the UFC and despite backlash from many, it didn’t stop pen from meeting paper.
Despite how many feel about Hardy, he has shown dominance in the octagon with a record of 5-2-0 with one no contest and his nickname “Prince of War” represents that. Tonight he takes on Yorgan De Castro who sits at 6-0 and will be putting Hardy through his toughest test yet. There is no doubt most will be in the corner of Castro, but without any fans to cheer or boo the advantage is in Hardy’s corner with no noise to tune out. Regardless of who you think will win this fight, there is without a doubt that this is a fight to watch.
Tonight card is stacked:
(Main Card) ESPN + 10:00 PM EST
Francis Ngannou vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik
Greg Hardy vs Yogan De Castro
(Prelims) ESPN and ESPN+ 6:30 pm EST
(Early Prelims) ESPN and ESPN+ 6:30pm EDT