Greg Hardy to face Alexander Volkov at UFC Moscow
Former NFL star turned MMA fighter; Greg Hardy, will get the biggest opportunity of his career – on less than three weeks notice. Former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos was forced out of a scheduled bout with Russian Alexander Volkov, due to a skin infection. With the UFC seeking a replacement for the “JDS” in the main event at UFC Moscow on November 9th, Hardy has now agreed to fill in, per ESPN. The bout will now serve as the co-main event, though, with Zabit Magomedsharipov vs Calvin Kattar as the main event.
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Hardy, who carried with him controversy regarding a case of domestic violence into the UFC, has continued with controversy inside the cage. In his UFC debut de lost via disqualification for kneeing downed opponent Allen Crowder. Hardy then lined up two straight TKO wins, his latest win over Juan Adams. His most recent bout with Ben Sosoli was at first a win for Hardy via unanimous decision. The celebration was cut short though, as the athletic commission changed the result to a No Contest due to Hardy’s use of an inhaler in between rounds two and three. Hardy maintained that it was USADA-approved, though he did not ask any official for permission.
Volkov debuted in the UFC in 2016, winning four straight bouts – including knockout wins over Stefan Struve and Fabricio Werdum. The Russian was nearing a title shot, and winning against Derrick Lewis at UFC 229, but was shockingly knocked out in the last seconds of the final round. Volkov hasn’t fought since the tough defeat.
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