UFC President Dana White on Friday strongly defended his decision to place former National Football League player Greg Hardy on the same fight card as alleged domestic violence victim Rachael Ostovich, a move that drew criticism when the bouts were announced last month. ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani labeled the promotion "incredibly tone deaf" for putting the pair together especially on such a historic card for the promotion and questioned why Hardy is even on the card to begin with given the caliber of fighters he's faced so far.
White's company will make its ESPN debut Saturday with UFC Fight Night 143 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
"When the whole Greg Hardy incident popped up and flooded my phone and my life, it was weighing heavy on my heart that I've gotta reach out to this guy", she explained.
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While VanZant admittedly got "stir-crazy" while recovering, it did allow her to marry recent Bellator signee Austin Vanderford late a year ago. I made this decision, and this is what I'm going to do. "He's done everything a human being is supposed to do". "I don't care what he thinks". I just can't wait to get in there. His opinion means nothing to me.
Crowder was likely picked for the co-main event as a beatable opponent for Hardy, who is still clearly trying to get up to speed as a mixed martial artist at 30 years old.
Referee Dan Miragliotta was clearly upset with Hardy's decision and immediately told the judges he was awarding Crowder the DQ win if he was unable to continue. While UFC on ESPN+ 1 will be headlined by a super fight between UFC flyweight title holder Henry Cejudo and bantamweight king T.J.