UFC: Greg Hardy ‘Terrified’ To Compete Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic
UFC Heavyweight Greg Hardy admits that fighting during the current coronavirus pandemic worries him, as he suffers from asthma.
The former NFL defensive end is set to compete against Yorgan de Castro at UFC 249. Hardy will be seeking redemption at the event after losing a unanimous decision to Alexander Volkov at UFC Moscow in his last fight, but has a stiff challenge in front of him. ‘The Mad Titan’ has won all six of his professional MMA fights. Including his UFC debut at UFC 243, where he knocked out Justin Tafa.
Hardy revealed the extent of his worries during a virtual UFC 249 Media Scrum yesterday (transcribed by MMA Junkie).
“I’m terrified, man. But that’s not going to stop me from paving the way and making sure my boss has the most entertaining fight – [the] first event out of all sports. This is the biggest event, and it needs the biggest athletes.”
The heavyweight prospect continued by declaring his loyalty to the company and committing to the fight.
“The guys take care of me. They make sure everything is done right, everything is done on time. They take care of my needs, and I think that’s worth loyalty.”
Speaking about his training camp, Hardy revealed that his asthma struggles prevented him from training with his usual coaches and sparring partners at American Top Team.
“This one has been crazy for me. I have asthma, so I chose not to fly. I’ve been driving back and forth from Dallas back to my gym [in Coconut Creek, Florida]. Two times, I was honoured to be in every single one of those cards [that got postponed]. But it was just back-and-forth – train and drive, train and drive. So I ended up separating from my coaches and getting a whole new coaching staff. So this has been a whirlwind for me. And on top of that, the COVID – so just trying to stay safe. It’s been lot of ups and downs, but we’re here and we’re ready.”
Do you think that Greg Hardy can end the six fight winning streak of Yorgan de Castro at UFC 249?