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Breaking: Greg Hardy’s Next UFC Fight Set

January 19, 2019; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Greg Hardy reacts following his match against Allen Crowder during UFC Fight Night at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy will return to the octagon on April 27 in Florida, per MMA Junkie.

Hardy won three MMA fights in under a minute, including one over fellow former NFL defensive end Austen Lane, before making his UFC debut in January. Hardy lost his debut to Allen Crowder by disqualification after landing an illegal knee in the second round.

The disqualification did not appear to hurt Hardy’s standing in the UFC’s eyes, as they saw fit to make his fight with Dmitry Smolyakov the co-main event of UFC on ESPN 3. Smolyakov is 9-2 in MMA but lost both of his UFC fights to Luis Henrique and Cyril Asker in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

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Hardy made the Pro Bowl with the Carolina Panthers in 2013. Various legal issues, including domestic violence charges in 2014, led to the effective end of his NFL career in 2015 after one season with the Dallas Cowboys.

The main event of UFC on ESPN 3 features former UFC Middleweight Championship contender Yoel Romero vs. former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza. Romero was last seen losing a split decision to Robert Whittaker at UFC 225 in June, which went on to win Fight of the Year. Souza last fought at UFC 230 in November, when he defeated former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman by third-round KO.

The card also features Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cuțelaba, Carla Esparza vs. Lívia Renata Souza, Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai and John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen.

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Written by Derek Norton

Derek Norton has been writing football articles since 2005. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Communication (Journalism) in 2011 and shifted his focus to the NFL. His work has also appeared on FantasyPros, LeagueSafe Post and Dober Games.

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