Greg Hardy was released from the UFC following his TKO loss against Sergey Spivak last March. However, in a recent interview, he admitted that the UFC offered him another chance, but with the condition that he improves his ground game.
The former NFL player started his MMA debut at Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018. Prior to his pro debut, he was undefeated in three bouts in the amateur. He’s pretty much universally hated from his criminal domestic violence hate to getting a DQ over the use of an inhaler in between rounds.
‘The Prince of War’ started his career with relative success, winning five of his first six bouts in MMA with his only loss coming from a disqualification.
However, after stepping up his competition, his career hit a roadblock with him suffering a three-fight losing streak prior to his release. Shortly after the release, he signed a multi-fight deal with BKFC in June.
“I’m excited to start working with Greg,” BKFC President Dave Feldman said in a statement to MMA Junkie. “He wants to test himself in bare-knuckle and has been training for a fight for the last couple of months. Heavyweight is one of our deepest divisions and his skill set fits right in.”
He will be joining a number of other former UFC fighters that trying their hands in BKFC like Chad Mendes, Paige VanZant, and Chris Leben.
But despite just signing with BKFC, he revealed in an interview that the UFC offered him a second chance.
“They hit me up, told me ‘If you get some wrestling going in another promotion, we’d be glad to sign you back,’” Hardy said. “I sent them my thank you’s and love and went looking for where I can throw these hands and found BKFC.”
Despite only having 13 fights in his pro MMA career, he has fought the likes of Alexander Volkov, Maurice Greene, and Tai Tuivasa. He last fought at UFC 272 back in March, losing by TKO against Spivak.