Dana White: UFC is building the ESPN card with Greg Hardy, nobody is put off by it

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ESPN is perfectly OK with being in the Greg Hardy business.

That’s the word from Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White, who says that he is going forward with Hardy making his official UFC debut on the first fight card that will be broadcast by ESPN.

“We’ve been building this ESPN card for a while and he was one of the guys that we had planned on putting on that card,” White said of Hardy.

Asked a follow-up about the UFC’s decision to put Hardy on the same card as female UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich, who was recently injured in an incident that resulted in her boyfriend, mixed martial arts fighter Arnold Berdon, being charged with second-degree assault, White told reporters that Ostovich doesn’t have a problem with it so no one else should, either.

“I’m not going to talk about Greg Hardy anymore,” White said. “I already covered this. I’m not playing this bulls–t with you guys. He’s on the UFC roster. He’s on the UFC roster, period, end of story. . . . He’s on the roster. Listen, you guys want to be sensitive about s–t? Anybody can be sensitive about anything. You can make an issue about everything. The weird thing is, you guys give a f–k, but she doesn’t. She doesn’t care.”

Ostovich may not care, or she may feel she can’t speak up because she needs to make a living as a UFC fighter, and UFC fighters who publicly contradict Dana White lose their abilities to make their livings. And making an issue of Hardy fighting in the Octagon on ESPN would be contradicting White, who accused reporters of caring about Hardy only because he “gets hits” and threatened to walk out of a press appearance if he was asked repeated questions about it.

“I’m done with it. I’m done with it. I’m done with it. I’m done with it! I’m done. Don’t make me leave. I’m done,” White said.

White denied that anyone cares about Hardy’s past, which includes a domestic violence allegation that got him arrested and suspended by the NFL.

“Nobody’s been put off by it,” White said. “Who’s put off by it?”

Although charges against Hardy were ultimately dropped when he agreed to settle a civil lawsuit with the woman he was accused of abusing, that arrest is the primary reason that Hardy is no longer in the NFL. NFL teams were put off by Hardy enough that they no longer want him. The UFC and its partners at ESPN don’t feel the same way.

27 responses to “Dana White: UFC is building the ESPN card with Greg Hardy, nobody is put off by it

  1. Seems like Dana is setting himself up for big problems. Too many head cases in the UFC in the name of profit.

  2. Nobody who would normally watch UFC would be put off by Hardy, but the NFL appeals to whole families, and young kids. UFC is on a steep decline because of Whites horrible leadership (check this year’s ratings compared to last). I mean it must be pretty hurtful when Fox would rather air “sports entertainment” than your sport.

  3. To be honest I agree. Doesn’t Greg Hardy have a right to make a living too? So what happens when you use false outrage to drive him out of the public eyes. You gonna go to McDonalds when he applies for the night shift manager and tell them they shouldn’t hire him.

  4. I liked it better when we weren’t so soft as a country….

    Can’t say how I really feel. That would get censored, and offend some peeps.

  5. I for one don’t care what players do or don’t do on their personal
    time. I don’t care about any of it. These NFL guys are not heroes
    they are not idols to worshiped.
    These guys are players in a game I liked to watch.
    I don’t go to local store and ask the clerk if she has drug charge, I
    don’t go to the local gym and ask the owner if he is using PEDs, I Don’t
    go to the local bar ask if the waitress has a DWI. ECT
    When did become the NFL has to be PC and that we should
    Govern their personal lives to no limit, If we really care, why not
    make sure they have that College degree BEFORE they can enter the
    NFL. I just don’t expect these guys to be Saints nor Choir boys.
    It’s a game get over it.

  6. Why do they keep saying that this is Greg Hardy’s UFC debut? I watched him brutally knock out a former 5th round pick on Dana White’s Series.

  7. Hardy has the right to make a living but not as a athlete/entertainer. It’s also a bad look for any athletic commission allow him to fight after beating up a woman.

  8. No one looks at UFC fighters as wholesome role models. A woman beater wants to fight for a living? A violent sport’s CEO doesn’t care about a fighter’s violent past? What a shock.

  9. Dana comes off as a huge scumbag in this press conference. He says no1 cares or has a problem w Hardy fighting for UFC. Then the ppl/reporters who were there all were questioning Dana.

    Instead of just answering the questions he got upset like a big baby refused to answer those questions then threatened to walk out and end the press confrence early if they asked him any more questions.

    ESPN bashed Hardy on every tv show they have and then again the entire network bashed the Dallas Cowboys for signing him.

    Now that they need Hardy as he is the big well known name UFC is putting on their first UFC card of 2019 which is the first card under ESPN as they signed a multi yr deal w UFC. They are desperately trying to sell this ESPN+ for $10 a month and relying heavily that UFC fans will pay $10 a month to watch all the fights we got for free on FS1 r now airing only on ESPN+.

    So ESPN was up in arms over Dallas signing Hardy but now that he’s fighting exclusively on their ch they have no problems with him and in fact the opposite they r promoting him.

  10. Wait, ESPN is ok with making money off Hardy in the UFC?
    Seems inconsistent, right?

    Actually, it’s perfectly consistent.
    They were way ok with making money off him in the NFL.

    They were WAY ok with making money off the endless hours of hand-wringing and moral indignation, outrage, and virtue signaling they broadcast for seemingly weeks on end.

    Perfectly consistent.

  11. NFL teams no longer wanted Greg Hardy because he’s not an NFL-quality player anymore. His last season with Dallas was awful.

    The off-field behavior only has to be paid for in full by the first team that takes the jump. After that, it no longer matters. Should it be that way? Perhaps not, but that’s how it is.

  12. It’s 2018 and America has developed thick skin. It’s a different country than it was 40 years ago. If anything, more people will tune in because of Hardy’s past. The sooner we figure that out, the better off we’ll be. We’re no longer a kinder, gentler nation.

  13. askeddie11 says:
    December 8, 2018 at 8:22 am
    I for one don’t care what players do or don’t do on their personal
    time. I don’t care about any of it. These NFL guys are not heroes
    …..that we should
    Govern their personal lives to no limit, If we really care, why not
    make sure they have that College degree BEFORE they can enter the
    NFL. I just don’t expect these guys to be Saints nor Choir boys.
    It’s a game get over it.

    —————————–
    Why should we care if a job that doesn’t need a college degree to perform the job has to have a college degree as a prerequisite to even apply?
    The reason is tradition and the NFL doesn’t want to foot the bill for developmental leagues.
    Even the NBA has finishing school leagues. Sure, you end up playing in places that can only be reached by bus, but they have a developmental
    leave non the less.
    MLB grabs 18 year old right out of High School.

    You intentionally miss the point. ESPN talks and acts out of both sides of its mouth.

  14. Dana White is correct. No one cares that much about UFC fighters. He’s out of football because hes not good. The Cowboys gave him a chance and he flopped.

  15. We continue to glorify bad characters, sad state of affairs when we allow ones to feel they can beat on anyone be some kind of stars.

  16. Put Hardy in the ring with Royce Gracie with 1993 UFC rules. As in no rules, not this watered down modern UFC.

  17. dejal says:

    Why should we care if a job that doesn’t need a college degree to perform the job has to have a college degree as a prerequisite to even apply?
    The reason is tradition and the NFL doesn’t want to foot the bill for developmental leagues.
    Even the NBA has finishing school leagues. Sure, you end up playing in places that can only be reached by bus, but they have a developmental
    leage non the less.
    MLB grabs 18 year old right out of High School.

    You intentionally miss the point. ESPN talks and acts out of both sides of its mouth.
    =============
    Well Said.

  18. Doesn’t the NFL still have Michael Vick on their payroll? That guy tortured and killed animals by electrocution and hanging and no one bats an eye that he’s on pregame shows for the NFL. So if we are in the everyone gets a second chance at redemption business with that on the ledger, then the UFC letting Hardy go fight doesn’t seem that big of a deal. Not saying I condone anything Hardy did, but I’d rather him be in the Octagon in a controlled setting rather than having no way to make a living and he decides its crime time. That guy on the loose with no restraints? No thanks.

  19. Ehhhh I don’t like the guy either but I think this has been covered already. We already know what happened, we know Hardy is an irresponsible piece of lowlife scum. At this point it just really seems that the poeple asking are doing so to further their own names. What new details would we get from it? White was obviously willing to sign him, he answered whatever questions we had already. Nothing more is gained from it.

  20. The UFC is the dumbest sport in the entire universe, people who are involved in it, partake in it or watch it need some serious help…..it is total garbage.

    What is the fascination of seeing someone getting their head beat in, especially when the women partake in it……SMH!

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