Jay Glazer, who works for Fox as a studio analyst for both NFL and UFC events, wants the mixed martial arts community to shun newcomer Greg Hardy.
“It’s pretty cut and dried, here,” Glazer, who also has a background as an MMA trainer, said during an appearance on "The Rich Eisen Show”. “And I asked all my fellow MMA coaches not to give this guy a chance because he doesn’t deserve it. It’s a privilege to play this sport or play football, and we here at Unbreakable Performance, and I know other places I’ve worked, we actually train women to defend themselves against people like Greg Hardy and with threats to violence.
“I’m not on my high horse here. It’s an art. It’s martial arts. It’s the art of self defense, is how it started – not so you could use it to be more aggressive and more violent.”
On Tuesday, MMAFighting.com reported that Hardy had been training in the Dallas Fort-Worth Area in hopes of pursuing an MMA career and that several promotions had already expressed interest in signing him. The former Pro Bowl defensive end was a free agent this season but was not picked up by an NFL team after playing with the Dallas Cowboys in 2015.
He missed the majority of the 2014 NFL season after being found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. While he was sentenced to 18 months’ probation, those charges were later dropped when the alleged victim refused to testify in an appeal. Horrific pictures later surfaced from the alleged domestic violence incident after Hardy’s record was expunged.
’ “I just think, first of all, the guy feels absolutely no remorse whatsoever and people are going, ‘Oh, well don’t you believe in second chances?’ What second chance? He’s not asking – there’s been no remorse. I love this sport. It’s a beautiful sport where you learn all these different arts,” Glazer said. “Someone like this does not deserve the privilege to do that. So yes, I’m calling on every other coach out there to not train this dude. He does not deserve it, he doesn’t deserve to be allowed to be around us, it’s not what we stand for.
“And I know people go, ‘Well, there’s a problem with domestic violence in MMA.’ There are individuals there who do that in our sport, too, and I don’t think they should be in our sport, either. That’s the bottom line. If you are violent with a woman, you play a violent sport, your privilege should be stripped of you. That is it. This guy shouldn’t be allowed in it. He tarnishes what I think is one of the greatest sports on the planet.”
Glazer says that he has heard from a number of promoters, fighters and coaches who support his stance regarding Hardy. However, even though the former NFL star doesn’t have a background in MMA, it’s likely that someone will be tantalized by his potential. Glazer can only hope that the entire fighting community heeds his request.
“He’s going to have to start with some lower level fights, but again, I just hope nobody trains him. Here’s a guy who used force to horrifically beat a young lady – let’s not give him more of those skills. Let’s use our time, anybody, that time you spend with Greg Hardy, let’s use it on teaching women how to defend themselves when you have somebody like this who does that,” Glazer said.
“Greg Hardy, if you’re listening, choose another sport.”