Greg Hardy Out of UFC 270 After an Injury Setback

Published 01/15/2022, 2:30 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 19: Greg Hardy sits in his corner after being disqualified for landing an illegal knee in his heavyweight bout against Allen Crowder during the UFC Fight Night event at the Barclays Center on January 19, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC 270, the first pay-per-view of the year, is just around the corner. It has some exciting fights and the fans are excited about it. However, a major heavyweight fight had to be removed from the card. Greg Hardy was originally booked against Alexei Oleinik got re-booked against Sergey Spivak.

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Now, that fight is off as Hardy suffered an injury and the UFC opted to not find Spivak a replacement.

‘Prince of War’ took to Instagram to make the announcement. He wrote, “New date who dis. Lol gotta keep it light even though I’m kinda sick about it. Putting on a show on the biggest card of the year was my 2022 dream and now i gotta wait. Sorry to all my fans and haters and to my opponent. I wanted this one bad I even took a short notice change with no ?.”

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“But. Gotta be pro about it right so back to the gym and back to the grind. KOs coming soon. Sorry🙏🏽but I shall return soon hopefully in a couple weeks. ps this after I snapped it back in place from when I was pouting at myself lol.”

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This will come as an enormous blow for Hardy as he was looking to snap his two-fight losing streak. He would hope to recover from the injury soon and get back in the octagon.

UFC 270 has two massive title fights

The first pay-per-view of the year is guaranteed to be a massive one, as it has two title fights. The first one is a trilogy fight between the flyweight champion Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo. After having fought to a draw at UFC 256, they ran it back at UFC 263, where ‘The Assassin Baby’ totally dominated ‘Deus da Guerra‘ and became the champion.

This will be the third fight and whatever respect both men had towards each other is gone. Hence, it will be an animosity-filled clash and will have the fans on the edge of their seats.

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The main event for the evening will be a massive heavyweight title fight. Francis Ngannou will step into the octagon looking to defend his title against Ciryl Gane.

This is a clash of styles, as ‘The Predator‘, who is one of the hardest hitters in the sport, will try to use his unrivaled power and look for a knockout. Meanwhile, Gane, a fighter who is light on his feet, will use his movement to break down the champ before potentially relying on his own power to land that one fight-ending blow.

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The card is going to be massive and will set the tone for the rest of the PPVs in 2022. Who do you think will come out on top in the title fights at UFC 270? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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