Heavyweight fighter Greg Hardy is reportedly among a pack of fighters that have parted ways with the UFC, per Damon Martin of MMA Fighting.
Hardy’s departure marks the end of a controversial venture that the UFC entered a few years back, signing the former NFL player despite a problematic past and little MMA experience.
Hardy’s presence in the UFC was often protested by viewers due to a domestic violence case that he had previously faced. In 2014, a North Carolina judge found Hardy guilty of assault and communicating threats to an ex-girlfriend. In a case that gave him national media attention, Hardy was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
Hardy appealed the courtroom decision and requested a jury trial. Due to the victim not appearing in court to testify for the appeal, the prosecutors dismissed the case.
Hardy’s professional football career, which started in 2010, came to a close in 2015 after the Dallas Cowboys opted to not re-sign him at the end of his contract.
After his football career ended, Hardy began his venture into MMA. He appeared twice on the UFC TV show “Dana White’s Contender Series” and picked up three wins as a pro before making his UFC debut in 2019.
Hardy gained four wins in his first two years for the promotion, but also suffered three losses and one no contest. One of the losses and a no-contest result both came from him failing to follow the rules set by the athletic commission that was hosting the event.
Hardy took his third consecutive loss as a pro last month, getting finished with strikes by Serghei Spivac.
Mazo, Ramos Also Off UFC Roster
Along with Hardy’s release from the UFC, the promotion also reportedly parted ways with Sabina Mazo and Davi Ramos.
Mazo is being released after taking her third consecutive loss earlier this month, getting submitted by Miranda Maverick. The 24-year-old joined the UFC in 2019 and earned three since through seven appearances during her time.
Ramos had previously requested a release from the UFC, citing a lack of fight offers from the promotion as the reason for his request.
Ramos fought on the UFC roster from 2017 to 2020, scoring four wins and three losses.