- The Washington Times - Sunday, January 20, 2019

Greg Hardy, the former NFL ruffian with a history of legal trouble, was disqualified from his UFC bout with Allen Crowder Saturday night in a card televised by ESPN.

Hardy illegally kneed Crowder in the head in the second round to earn the DQ.

Hardy has tried to reinvent himself as an MMA fighter after he was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and earned a suspension from the NFL. The Dallas Cowboys tried to stick by him in the 2015 season, but did not re-sign him after that year.

ESPN bought the broadcast rights to UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) last year and aired its first card Saturday. The network has drawn criticism for supporting Hardy’s second career while simultaneously employing commentators who used to speak out against Hardy’s history of violence and crime.

In fact, Hardy mentioned ESPN while defending himself after his disqualification.

“I’m here to stay. As long as Dana White, ESPN and all of you guys will have me, I’m here to stay,” Hardy said. “I’m going to fix what I did wrong. And it wasn’t intentional.”

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