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

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27:  UFC president Dana White addresses the media during the UFC 205 press conference at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 27, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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18 Responses to “Dana White doesn’t slam the UFC door on Greg Hardy”
  1. pittsburghdamned says: Oct 15, 2016 2:40 AM

    Everyone else in MMA/ UFC is an idiot anyway. Why not let another in?

    #redneckkungfu

  2. boobsanders says: Oct 15, 2016 3:14 AM

    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.

  3. trevor123698 says: Oct 15, 2016 4:18 AM

    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.

  4. paulieorkid says: Oct 15, 2016 5:17 AM

    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.

  5. bigdawgdaddy says: Oct 15, 2016 6:27 AM

    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.

  6. means34 says: Oct 15, 2016 6:38 AM

    He knows he won’t be fighting women, right?

  7. cb28031 says: Oct 15, 2016 7:58 AM

    They drug test right?

  8. MichaelEdits says: Oct 15, 2016 8:15 AM

    This sounds like a way for Tim Tebow to make some more money.

  9. kingpel says: Oct 15, 2016 8:15 AM

    War Machine 2.0! Why not?

  10. TB12RALLYCRY says: Oct 15, 2016 8:49 AM

    Thats simply because Hardy will put people in the seats and more money in Whites pockets………..

  11. celticsforever says: Oct 15, 2016 9:07 AM

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

  12. buckstalion12965 says: Oct 15, 2016 9:37 AM

    Unless Hardy is allowed to fight women, I doubt he’ll be able to beat anybody.

  13. sandman34rt says: Oct 15, 2016 9:42 AM

    The “we all make mistakes” line is as played out as it gets.

  14. bazookajoeflacco says: Oct 15, 2016 10:52 AM

    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

  15. maust1013 says: Oct 15, 2016 11:08 AM

    Of course he isn’t going to slam the door, there are too many people that would pay to see him take a beating

  16. cletuspstillwaterjr says: Oct 15, 2016 11:18 AM

    I am not a big PPV fan but I would spend good money to watch Hardy get beat to a pulp.

  17. laserw says: Oct 15, 2016 1:18 PM

    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.

  18. luccabrazzi says: Oct 15, 2016 2:00 PM

    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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