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Controversial heavyweight Greg Hardy to face undefeated prospect in Columbus

UFC Columbus just got another heavyweight addition as former NFL star Greg Hardy is back for his fifth UFC fight, against a promising talent

Several fights have now been added to UFC Columbus, and controversial former NFL star Greg Hardy is among the combatants. The UFC officially announced a heavyweight bout between Hardy and undefeated Yorgan de Castro. That bout is most likely set for the main card. The event takes place in Columbus Ohio, March 28th, at the Nationwide Arena. It features a showdown between Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik in the main event – also at heavyweight.

Aside from Hardy vs De Castro, the UFC also announced a light heavyweight bout between Khalil Rountree Jr. and Sam Alvey, as well as a bantamweight battle between Davey Grant and Louis Smolka.


Hardy has a dark an controversial past involving a domestic violence case that was settled out of court. In the UFC he has also lost to disqualification for a knee to a downed opponent and got a win changed to a No Contest following the disallowed use of an inhaler. However, he also holds first round KO finishes of Dmitry Smolyakov and Juan Adams. In his latest outing he stepped in on short notice to face top ranked heavyweight Alexander Volkov in Moscow, and lost a clear-cut unanimous decision.

De Castro made a strong impression on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, stopping Alton Meeks via strikes in the first round. In his official UFC debut he knocked out Justin Tafa brutally, extending his undefeated win streak to 5-0.

Who wins at UFC Columbus: Greg Hardy or Yorgan de Castro?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for