Greg Hardy gained the opening combat of Saturday’s UFC 249 pay-per-view card over Yorgan De Castro by unanimous resolution. He obtained an help from ringside announcer Daniel Cormier within the course of. So this wouldn’t occur with a packed home.
Cormier, the previous two-division UFC champion, was cageside for evaluation on Saturday because the fights passed off with social distancing protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic. Which means no followers have been within the stands on the VyStar Veterans Memorial Area in Jacksonville, Florida.
With no crowd noise to fill the world, the announcers’ voices carried into the cage. And Hardy stated he took a tip he heard from Cormier to coronary heart in the midst of the heavyweight matchup.
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Cormier’s second help of the night time
Hardy wasn’t the primary fighter to thank Daniel Cormier on Saturday.
Carla Esparza gained a break up resolution over Michelle Waterson within the undercard. She advised reporters after her win that she too heard Cormier criticism and changed up her strategy in the midst of the combat due to it.
How Greg Hardy gained
De Castro attacked Hardy’s left leg repeatedly early within the first spherical earlier than backing off in a combat that noticed little or no motion. De Castro appeared to injure his proper foot and allowed Hardy to take over because the aggressor en path to a unanimous resolution by a 30-27 on all three scorecards.
Neither fighter landed many blows, however Hardy remained on offense for a lot of the combat.
Greg Hardy’s controversial rise continues
It was an enormous win for Hardy, who improved to 6-2 within the UFC 249 with a victory in his first look on a pay-per-view card. He stays one of the crucial controversial figures not simply in UFC 249 however in all of sports activities.
The previous Professional Bowl defensive finish was blackballed from the NFL after a domestic violence conviction that was later overturned when the alleged sufferer declined to cooperate with the prosecution on enchantment.
However Dana White welcomed Hardy into the UFC 249, the place he’s taken benefit of his second likelihood en path to a 6-2 begin with a no-contest that resulted from his in-fight use of an inhaler at UFC 249 Boston in October.