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SportsDana White on why he put Hardy, Ostovich on same fight card

10:30  07 december  2018
10:30  07 december  2018 Source:   sportsnet.ca

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UFC President Dana White said he had Rachael Ostovich ’s approval when he booked her on the same fight card as Greg Hardy . “I called Rachael Ostovich and talked to her and walked her through this situation,” White today told “TSN.” “And her take on it was, ‘His story isn’t my story.

Hardy , meanwhile, has fought three times as a professional - twice on ‘ Dana White ’s Tuesday Night Contender Series’ - and is undefeated, with all However, to debut him on the same card as Rachael Ostovich ( on the first ESPN card , no less) is a dubious decision at best and incredibly tone-deaf

Dana White on why he put Hardy, Ostovich on same fight card© John Locher/AP

On Wednesday, UFC president Dana White announced that former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy is set to make his official UFC debut Jan. 19 in New York.

That Hardy is under contract with the UFC in the first place has raised plenty of eyebrows, considering his troubling history involving domestic violence. News of flyweight fighter Rachael Ostovich’s name also being on that same fight card made Hardy’s involvement look all the more tone-deaf on the part of White and the UFC.

Ostovich recently came forward with her account of an alleged domestic assault that left her hospitalized with a fractured orbital bone. Her husband, Arnold Berdon, against whom Ostovich was granted a restraining order, was reportedly arrested following the incident.

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19 card that Rachael Ostovich will fight on. That’s incredibly poor judgment by the UFC and so easily avoidable. Hardy ’s MMA journey began two years ago. He trains at American Top Team in Coconut Creek Hardy got another knockout in less than a minute on a card put on by a lesser promotion in

In 2014, Hardy, then with the Carolina Panthers, was convicted on two counts of domestic violence after attacking and threatening ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder. Charges were dismissed during the appeal process the following year after Holder reportedly did not show up in court. Hardy went on to play the 2015 season with the Dallas Cowboys and announced in 2016 that he was making the move to MMA and was awarded a UFC contract earlier this year.

White addressed the card, and his decision to put both fighters on it, during an in-studio interview on Prime Time Sports Thursday night.

“These cards get negotiated and put together months before they are released, and we had been working on this ESPN card forever. And the thing happened recently with Rachael, so she was off the card. And we were working to put Hardy on the card at that time,” White explained. “So, she comes back and it ends up she’s healthy enough to fight on this card and I’m like, ‘There’s no way she’s fighting on this card’ — training for this, she’s probably going to get injured, she needs to get her head together, she’s going through a divorce. All the things that are negative going on in her life, this is the last thing she needs to be focused on. Well, she called me up and she said, ‘I need this. I want this fight.’ And she gave me 75 reasons why she should be on this card. And I said, ‘You know what, Rachael? I agree with you. I’m going to put you on the card.’ So I did it.”

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Hardy denied that, saying he never put his hands on her or threatened her, but left the room when the woman became angry he would not have sex with her. To compound matters, Hardy ’s UFC debut will come on the same card in which UFC flyweight fighter Rachael Ostovich will compete.

The man fighting Greg Hardy says he wants to get the win for Rachael Ostovich . Some critics are upset with the UFC -- claiming the organization is tone deaf putting Hardy and Ostovich on the same card because of Dana White has previously told us he 's spoken with Hardy about the incident

Upon realizing that Ostovich — who is scheduled to fight Paige VanZant — and Hardy had been put on the same card, White said he called Ostovich to explain the situation and ask her opinion. He recalled the conversation:

“She goes, ‘First of all, this guy has nothing to do with me. His story is different than my story. Everybody’s story is different, and I believe in second chances anyway. But what’s happening with him has nothing to do with me. Please, I want to be on this card and I don’t care if he’s on this card. This man can do whatever he wants to do, he has nothing to do with me.’ And I said, ‘are you sure about that?’ and she said, ‘absolutely sure,’” White recalled.

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UFC’s ESPN debut is a little over a month away. They are scrambling for big fights. They don’t have a main event yet. They are trying to move things around. I get all that. This wasn’t the move, though, on multiple levels.

“Listen, at the end of the day, I signed Greg Hardy,” said White, who has openly defended his decision to give the disgraced NFLer a second chance since signing him in June. “This question is going to be asked to me as long as this guy is here.”


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