Twitter Reacts to Former NFL Player Greg Hardy Getting Knocked Out at UFC 264

Published 07/11/2021, 8:18 AM EDT


For former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy, UFC 264 was over as quickly as it began. Taking on heavyweight fighter Tai Tuivasa in Las Vegas on Saturday, Hardy lasted only 67 seconds as the fight got over in the blink of an eye. 

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With a first-round knockout, Tuivasa asserted his dominance over the former NFL player who now has a 4-4 record in the UFC. And it seems like he’s on a downwards trajectory. The Tuivasa knockout defeat was his second loss in a row. 

 

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Drafted in the 6th round of the 2010 NFL Draft as 175th overall pick, Hardy played six seasons in the NFL before switching over to the world of Mixed Martial Arts.

He was part of the Panthers side that made it to the playoffs back-to-back in 2013 and 2014. And in 2013, the defensive end also got his first and only Pro Bowl call up. 

Joining the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 would be his last spell in the NFL after hanging up his football boots at the end of the season. Hardy was not resigned by the franchise due to his behavior both on and off the field.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – MAY 09: Greg Hardy of the United States awaits the start of the fight against Yorgan De Castro (not pictured) of Cape Verde in their Heavyweight fight during UFC 249 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 9, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Hardy joined the UFC in 2019 and made his debut against Allen Crowder at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs. Dillashaw. It was only in his second fight against Dmitrii Smoliakov that he picked up his first UFC win.

Since then despite the UFC’s best efforts to promote him as an elite fighter has failed. Losing to Tuivasa is a big blow to his ambitions of holding a UFC title. Here’s how Twitter reacted to Greg Hardy’s swift knockout.

Greg Hardy knockout has Twitter on overdrive  

Not the most liked fighter on the UFC roster, Twitter sure had a field day thanks to Greg Hardy’s first-round TKO.

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Tuivasa is now riding high on a three-fight win streak. The win against Hardy puts him in a position to potentially take on a Top-15 opponent for his next fight. As for Greg Hardy, his days in the UFC might now be limited.

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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