Greg Hardy Got Off the Mark in the UFC With His First Win After Beating the Hapless Dimitrii Smoliakov in a One-Sided Clash… Check Out the Highlights Below… 

Colby Covington might dispute this, but is there a more hated fighter on the UFC roster than Greg Hardy? The former American football star made his second UFC appearance at Fort Lauderdale in Florida and managed to get his first win. He took on Dimitrii Smoliakov, a man who had gone 1-2 in his last three fights.

Smoliakov had been cut from the UFC after losing to poor opponents including Cyril Asker and Luis Henrique. But such is the promotion’s desperation to turn Hardy into some sort of star, they recalled the Russian and used him as a sacrificial lamb to get the controversial American off of the mark.

Did this need to be a co-main event when you had two great company men like Mike Perry and ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira down the card who gave us an entertaining, bloody slugfest? No, of course, it didn’t. But check out the footage below.

Powerful

Say what you like about Hardy, but there’s no denying that he is an absolute powerhouse. To get to a certain level of the heavyweight division that’s enough. Of course, if you want to enter title contention and be regarded as an elite fighter you need a little bit more than that and only time will tell whether or not the former footballer will be able to develop that sort of skill set.

In this fight against his Russian opponent, he started strong. This time he was pragmatic and patient, making every punch count until Smoliakov couldn’t take it anymore and went to ground. Then Hardy dropped hammer-fist after hammer-fist until finally the referee intervened and called an end to the fight in the first round.

Hype Train

Hardy gained a lot of hype before entering the UFC. He was a by-product of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series and quickly earned a record of 4-0 by bouncing his fellow up-and-coming heavyweights’ heads off of the floor. The former footballer soon found out though that the UFC is a different ball game.

On his debut against Allan Crowder, he started strong but faded after a round when his cardio failed him. Then Crowder was able to wrestle him and dominate him on the ground. It looked like Crowder was going to get a very popular win over the hate figure that is Hardy and he did… but not as you would expect. Hardy dropped an illegal knee and was disqualified on his debut.

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What Next?

It will be very interesting to see how the UFC handles the Hardy situation moving forward. They must surely be learning that not many people like alleged wife-beaters. Despite winning emphatically, he was heavily booed after the fight. Sure they could create a situation where people tune in just to watch him get beaten.

But if he keeps winning in style maybe he’ll be able to turn opinion around himself. Let’s just get him out of co-main events for now, yeah?

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