Former NFL star Greg Hardy will have to wait to finish his current contract with the UFC. Hardy announced that he will no longer compete at UFC 270 on January 22 due to a horrific finger injury.
Hardy was originally supposed to face Aleksei Oleinik, but the latter withdrew for undisclosed reasons. Sergey Spivak was later revealed to be Hardy’s replacement opponent. Showing off the picture of his finger on Instagram, Hardy said he hopes to be back soon.
“New date who is it. Lol I have to keep it light though I’m a little sick of it. Putting on a show on the biggest card of the year was my dream of 2022 and now I have to wait. Sorry to all my fans and haters and my opponent. I was really looking forward to this one, I even took a short notice change without ?. But. I have to be professional about it, so back in the gym and back to the grind. KO’s coming soon. Sorry, but I’ll be back soon. hopefully in a couple of weeks. PS this after I put it back when I was pouting at myself lol.”
It was later revealed by the UFC (via MMA Fighting) that Hardy and Spivak will now fight each other at UFC 272 on March 5. The main event of the event will be Colby Covington vs. George Masvidal.
The controversial Hardy last played for the Cowboys in an NFL career that lasted from 2010 to 2015. During his time in the NFL, he was suspended ten games for violating the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy related to a charge of violence. domestic. Hardy made his MMA debut in 2017 and competed on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018.
Joining the UFC roster in 2019, Hardy is 4-4 with one no-contest with the promotion. He is on a two-fight losing streak. Hardy’s last fight was a KO loss against Tai Tuivasa at UFC 264 in July.
UFC 270 takes place inside the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The main event will be Francis Ngannou vs. Ciryl Gane for the undisputed UFC heavyweight title. A trilogy bout between UFC flyweight champion Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo will co-main event.