HARDY TO FACE JARJIS DANHO
Polarizing UFC Greg Hardy has received his next bout. Hardy (2-1 in the UFC) will take on Jarjis Danho on the ESPN+ 20 card. The card is set to take place on October 26th later this year at Singapore.
Hardy’s UFC career started with a controversial disqualification loss against Allen Crowder but has since gone on to win two additional bouts by way of TKO in the first round.
The news comes as a surprise as fans of the sport who expected Hardy to face a bigger step up in competition after he defeated Juan Adams easily at UFC San Antonio within seconds. Expressing interest himself, Hardy also spoke to MMA Junkie previously about facing a ranked opponent next.
He stated, “We’re looking with somebody with numbers behind their name,” (I’m) going to bring a whole lot of pain, stretch this fight(ing) game out and see if we can go three rounds, maybe. See what that looks like.” (via MMA Junkie)
He also expressed his belief that he has all the tools to become a world champion.
Matchmaking With An Agenda
Clearly, the UFC is taking its time when it comes to building up the career of Hardy. Putting Hardy against Danho is the clearest message that the UFC could send that they either don’t believe Greg is ready to face top competition, or they want him to continue his winning ways. Especially because of Hardy having plans to face some of the best right now.
Danho has not won a single fight under the UFC banner. He also has been inactive since 2016 and is facing Hardy after a three-year hiatus from MMA.
The UFC not granting Hardy’s request for a ranked opponent indicates that they have an agenda to pad him with wins and take the route of a slow burn. A route that many touted prospects aren’t granted in the modern era of the UFC.
The rest of the card has not been finalized as of now. The main event of the card is a clash of grapplers in the welterweight division between Demian Maia and Ben Askren. Also featured on the card will be Frank Camacho vs. Beneil Dariush and Michael Johnson vs. Stevie Ray.
The card is scheduled to take place on October 26th and will available on the ESPN+ app.
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