Hardy (3-0) will face Allen Crowder (9-3) at UFC Combat Evening on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, New York. Contracts haven’t but been signed, however White advised ESPN the heavyweight bout is near being finalized.
Combating out of Coconut Creek, Florida, Hardy signed a developmental take care of the UFC instantly after his professional debut, which happened on Dana White’s Tuesday Evening Contender Collection in June.
The deal allowed Hardy to realize expertise exterior the UFC. He has gained all three of his skilled bouts by first-round knockout, which prompted the fast call-up. Hardy was slated to struggle on a regional present on Dec. 21 in Florida, however White stated the UFC elected to tug him from that occasion in anticipation of his promotional debut.
Representatives for Hardy didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Crowder, of Mebane, North Carolina, hasn’t fought since December 2017. He was scheduled to face Rashad Coulter at UFC 225 in June however was pressured to tug out due to damage. 5 of his 9 wins have come through knockout.
The UFC’s choice to signal Hardy was met with some controversy. He was exiled by the NFL in 2015 due to off-the-field points, together with a 2014 conviction in a home violence case. The costs have been later expunged from his report, when the sufferer failed to seem in court docket for a jury trial throughout his enchantment.
White has acknowledged Hardy’s previous will “comply with him for the remainder of his life” however is prepared to present the previous All-Professional defensive lineman a second probability. By way of six appearances — three professional, three beginner — Hardy has recorded six first-round knockouts.
The Jan. 19 UFC Combat Evening will mark the primary dwell occasion of a five-year deal between the UFC and ESPN. The promotion has not but introduced a predominant occasion.