Controversial former NFL star and UFC heavyweight prospect Greg Hardy has been added to the UFC Singapore card on Saturday, 26 October.
After cutting his teeth on Dana White’s Contender Series, Hardy (5-1) made his UFC debut in January this year, but lost via disqualification.
The former football star, previously linked to accusations of domestic violence, has since rebounded with two first-round KO wins and recently said he was on his way to becoming a UFC champion.
At the Singapore Indoor Stadium, the UFC has matched Hardy with “Mountain Man” Jarjis Danho (5-1), a German fighter who made his debut with UFC in 2016, but has not returned to the Octagon since.
In Singapore yesterday, the two main event contenders no. 10-ranked welterweight Demian Maia and no. 11-ranked Ben Askren faced each other for the first time.
Maia (27-9), a former UFC title challenger, spoke about his match-up with Askren, saying he was looking forward to getting in the Octagon with a grappler who will aggressively engage.
“It was great when they offered me Ben. It’s a challenge that I’ve never faced. In all the fights, my opponents want to strike, avoid the takedowns, avoid grappling. So this will be interesting, and very curious about how we’ll train for it in camp,” he said.
“I carry the flag for Brazilian jiu jitsu and he carries the flag for American wrestling.”
No stranger to fighting in Singapore, Askren (19-1) described Maia has someone who has only lost to the best of the best.
“It’s a great challenge, I also appreciate his grappling skills. That’ a test I want and one I’m absolutely looking for.”
Other bouts added to the 26 October card includes Iranian Beneil Dariush (16-4-1) who meets Frank “The Crank” Camacho (21-7) at lightweight, while heavyweight newcomer Ciryl Gané (4-0) meets Dana White’s Contender Series signee Don’Tale Mayes (7-2).
UFC Singapore card includes:
Demian Maia vs. Ben Askren
Greg Hardy vs. Jarjis Danho
Beneil Dariush vs. Frank Camacho
Michael Johnson vs. Stevie Ray
Ciryl Gané vs. Don’Tale Mayes
Sergei Pavlovich vs. Maurice Greene