Greg Hardy
The Prince of War

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Scores UFC 249 victory
HeavyweightUFC
May 9, 2020
Hardy defeated Yorgan de Castro via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) at UFC 249 on Saturday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
Hardy didn't look as good as those scores would lead you to believe. In fact, he was clearly losing this fight until an apparent foot injured forced de Castro to alter and abandon his effective game plan. Hardy's inability to check a leg kick left him fighting on one leg for the vast majority of the fight. Luckily for the "Prince of War", de Castro banged up his foot and suspiciously stood around and did next to nothing the rest of the way. Hardy was never close to finishing the fight, but his output over the course of the final ten minutes won him the bout. Hardy is intriguing because he's obviously an elite athlete with legitimate power and explosiveness, but he has all of nine pro fights under his belt and it's going to be difficult for Hardy to make up for all those missed reps. Expect plenty of ups and downs for Hardy the rest of the way.
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Next bout moved to UFC 249
HeavyweightUFC
April 26, 2020
Hardy will take on Yorgan de Castro in a heavyweight matchup at UFC 249 on May 9 in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
This heavyweight bout was originally scheduled for UFC Columbus in March, but was later moved to what was originally supposed to be UFC 249 on April 18. The UFC was ultimately forced to cancel both events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will proceed with this fight to kick off the pay-per-view portion of the card on the event's new date. Like the last time around, Hardy enters as approximately a (-175) betting favorite. Both fighters have high finishing rates, making this one to target from a fantasy perspective.
To fight at UFC 249
HeavyweightUFC
April 6, 2020
Hardy will square off against Yorgan de Castro at UFC 249 on Apr. 18, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
There is still no official location, but the UFC 249 card is coming together. Hardy was originally expected to take on De Castro on Mar. 28, but the fight was called off due to the current coronavirus pandemic. The former NFL star suffered a hand/wrist injury in his last bout but has clearly recovered. This fight is currently lined up for the pay-per-view portion of the card, with Hardy pegged as approximately a (-180) betting favorite as of Tuesday morning.
New fight booked for 2020
HeavyweightUFC
December 27, 2019
Hardy (suspension) is set to fight Yorgan De Castro in Columbus on Mar. 28.
ANALYSIS
Hardy (5-2, 1 NC) was just handed a medical suspension a little over a month ago following his loss to Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night in Moscow. The former NFL star suffered a hand/wrist injury during the November fight which led to the suspension. He originally wasn't set to be able to fight until May but it appears that has not been set in stone as Hardy will re-enter the Octagon in just about three months for a heavyweight bout with De Castro.
Given medical suspension
HeavyweightUFC
November 19, 2019
Hardy was handed a six-month medical suspension following his loss via unanimous decision to Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night in Moscow, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.USAToday.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Hardy came out of the fight with an injury to his hand/wrist, which is the reason for his suspension. He had just won via no contest on Oct. 18 over Ben Sosoli, so the quick turnaround between fights could have played a factor in his injury and performance. He is set to be eligible to fight again in May of 2020.
Can't solve Alexander Volkov
HeavyweightUFC
November 9, 2019
Hardy lost to Alexander Volkov via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Moscow, Russia.
ANALYSIS
Hardy asked for this fight about three weeks ago following the withdrawal of Junior dos Santos and received his wish. Considering he just fought on October 18, this may have very well been one of his stronger performances despite the result. Perhaps it was the fact he didn't have time to prepare for Volkov or perhaps it was the fact Hardy told his corner he injured his hand in Round 1, but Hardy appeared calmer and more composed in the octagon than his previous fights. Yes, he clearly lost and was badly outclassed by a better, more experienced opponent, but Hardy deserves some credit for his effort. Hardy's two biggest issues moving forward are his poor cardio and the fact he has just eight pro fights under his belt at age 31. The cardio can improve with time and effort, but it's unless he fights three or four times a year, it's difficult to see how Hardy can make up for the lack of experience.