Dana White doesn’t slam the UFC door on Greg Hardy

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Unemployed NFL pass rusher Greg Hardy has opted for a career change, aspiring to become an MMA fighter. The man who runs the biggest MMA fighting operation on the planet hasn’t slammed the door on giving Hardy a chance, eventually.

“I’m one of those guys too who believes that we’re all human beings and we all make mistakes,” White said earlier this week on FS1’s Speak for Yourself, via MMAFighting.com. “And when you make a mistake, you pay your penance, whatever it might be, and you should be allowed to make a living and move on in your life. Is he good enough to come into the UFC and fight? I highly doubt it.

“I’ve been playing football for a couple weeks too, maybe I’ll try out for the Patriots?” White added. “It takes a little bit longer than that, but he could fight at one of these small shows. We’ll see how he looks, and I don’t know.”

FOX’s Jay Glazer, who covers both the NFL and UFC, has urged the MMA to shun Hardy. White isn’t yet, and for good reason. Plenty of money potentially could be made from giving Hardy a shot, and it wouldn’t be the first time that someone who had no business in the octagon gets a chance to fight in the UFC.

Plenty of people pay plenty of money to watch UFC pay-per-view events involving names that aren’t widely recognizable. Add Greg Hardy to the mix, and the cash register will be spitting out more and more dollars, for everyone.

18 responses to “Dana White doesn’t slam the UFC door on Greg Hardy

  1. This is funny coming from a guy that kicked a fighter out of the organization and banned him for life for throwing an extra punch too many in a fight. They banned another guy for life for not peeing in a cup. Those monsters can’t be forgiven. Can’t be compared to just simply beating up women, over and over again. Those guys deserve as many chances as possible. I’m glad Ray Rice didn’t decide to take up MMA because Dana White would have been all over him.

  2. Its a shame more of these guys aren’t boxing and fighting some way or another. It is so sad to see boxing nearing an end as a sport. But I guess when my greatest memory of it is Ali vs Frazier 3, and they literally beat eachother like two silverback apes in the ring, so that wasn’t very safe either.

  3. DW understands the following (i.e., the obvious):

    (01) Greg Hardy is a polarizing character – reviled by many;
    (02) Greg Hardy hails from the most popular sport in the U.S., and it’s a sport filled with collisions, combat and violence;
    (03) Greg Hardy will draw people hoping to see Hardy get destroyed and/or humiliated;
    (04) Drawing people is the key way to raise revenue;
    (05) DW likes money, and so do his bosses;
    (06) By extension, Greg Hardy can be a conduit to a much more enhanced income stream, than say, Ronald Gudger out of Sunny Brook Meadows, Iowa.

    Not to over-complicate this too much, but Dana White possesses an appreciation for the fact that Greg Hardy, unlike many, has several key ingredients the UFC has in their recipe for making money.

  4. The problem Hardy will be facing in MMA is that there will be no bed covered in guns, he won’t be fighting women, and his opponents will be fighting back.

  5. Bill Belichek could likely coach up Dana enough to make him a 3rd string blocking tight end. He’s that good of a coach.

  6. All these ex-athletes trying to get into MMA is just stupid. They will face opponent who have trained their whole lives. Elite level technicians who will absolutely demolish these ex-ballers. The two sports have zero correlation. CM Punk did everything the right way, trained with a great camp and prepared extremely well… immediately got destroyed by experienced fighter

  7. I fully support Hardy getting the snot beat out of him – and while we are at, let’s toss out Big Ben from the Pittsburgh Rusty Nails since he’s beaten up women in his career and he should be joining Hardy.

  8. Allow a guy with mental issues to come get punched in the face. That sounds like a brilliant idea! UFC…smh what a gimmick sport they’ve become. LMFAO

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