Greg Hardy’s UFC opportunity isn’t about redemption – it’s about money

There was a telling moment in the pre-fight hype package that ran on UFC Fight Pass just prior to Greg Hardy’s Tuesday evening victory on Dana White’s Contender Series.

While trying to allude to his “checkered past” without explicitly naming it, producers showed us clips of Hardy (1-0) walking up the steps to the courthouse while he lamented the loss of his NFL career in a voiceover.

“The worst day of my life was when all that was taken away,” Hardy said, before catching himself. “Or, when I gave it away. And I just had to sit on the side and watch everybody entertain and make people happy and do the things that I wanted to do but couldn’t do anymore.”

See what happened there? The whole narrative just changed.

Instead of his NFL exit being a story about how Hardy was effectively run out of the league after a domestic violence arrest and conviction (which was subsequently overturned on appeal, when the victim couldn’t be located to testify) it became a sad tale of woe in which a promising young athlete lost his chance to bring joy to millions.

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