Ex-UFC star Greg Hardy is keeping an eye on the next move of former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in hopes of a showdown.
Former mixed martial artist Hardy started his professional career in Jun. 2018 and found his way into the UFC through Dana White’s Contender Series. After a successful start in the promotion, Hardy struggled to find the same form. He was let go by the promotion after dropping three in a row to Sergey Spivak, Tai Tuivasa, and Marcin Tybura.
Following his run in UFC, Hardy tried his hand at boxing and scored impressive wins over Mike Cook and Hasim Rahman Jr.
Greg Hardy is focused on boxing but wants to return to MMA
In a recent interview with Full Send MMA, Greg Hardy shared that he’s currently focused on racking up some wins in the boxing ring. He left the door open for a potential return to MMA or another combat sport.
“I’m in the mode right now where I do what I want,” said Hardy. “I’m married to boxing right now though. That’s my current passion. I enjoy everything else and I love fight sports in general. I can’t wait to get back to MMA and show them boys that G Hardy can wrestle. I had to cut 50 pounds to do it so I wasn’t in the best shape but once I lose this weight, take on a couple of boxing aficionados, knock them out of the ring and walk away with a belt. I’m excited to go back to even kickboxing.”
Hardy wants to line up a showdown with Francis Ngannou
‘Prince of War’ is open to the idea of going back to the UFC. He’s keeping an eye on where Ngannou would go in hopes of a clash inside the octagon.
“I’m down [to go back]. I want to go where the competition is. I heard Francis is going over to Bellator, maybe PFL, who knows? It’s a lot of irons in the fire. I’ll always be a UFC guy. That’s my family. They took care of me. I love those guys. It’s all about the competition for me. I’m going to seek it out and kill it. You might even see me in some Pride fights, or ONE FC. I want to spread these wings and show the versatility of a real ninja.”
Greg Hardy is scheduled to make his bare-knuckle boxing debut against Josh Watson tomorrow at BKFC: Knuckle Mania 3 at the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, New Mexico.