Former NFL star Greg Hardy demolished his opponent to earn a UFC contract, however his signing to the company has sparked backlash, given his criminal history.
The embattled athlete made his successful pro debut on Dana White’s "Tuesday Night Contender Series" when he demolished fellow former NFL player Austen Lane in just 57 seconds.
Unlike their UFC 213 fight that was more of a high-powered chess match, the rematch was packed with fireworks and saw both fighters have their moments.
Covington’s strategy was a simple, but deliberate one. He refused to give dos Anjos space to operate and sought to utilize his wrestling to smother his opponent.
CM Punk’s second try in the UFC went better than his first, but was a reminder that the former pro wrestler has a long way to go before he can be considered worthy of competing in the Octagon.
After two years away from competition, it only took about 30 minutes in a boxing ring for Floyd Mayweather to reclaim the throne as the world’s highest-paid athlete.
Vasiliy Lomachenko’s return to the boxing ring has hit a minor speed bump. Top Rank’s Bob Arum sought to have the man who is recognized by many as the sport’s pound for pound king compete in August. Lomachenko underwent successful arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder Wednesday morning at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles and is currently in recovery.
All signs point to a very high profile stint with the UFC, but Hardy's troubled past raises several red flags for a promotion that has previously cut fighters for domestic violence incidents.