Greg Hardy makes his return to the Octagon this weekend, and his opponent, Juan Adams, believes he will be the one to expose what he terms a lack of fighting skill on the part of the controversial heavyweight prospect. Adams, who will face Hardy in a main-card heavyweight feature at UFC on ESPN 4 in San Antonio, believes the former professional footballer turned fighter hasn’t lived up to the hype, pointing out the lengths to which the Ultimate Fighting Championship has gone to pair him with opponents he can beat.
Hardy is notorious in large part for his alleged history of domestic violence, but Adams claim his dislike of Hardy is due just as much to the perceived special treatment he has received.
“A lot of people think it’s his past and me not being able to get over his [alleged] domestic violence,” Adams told MMA Junkie. “While that does play a part in it, it’s more so that this man was catapulted into the UFC. He was given a fast track despite not showing any true abilities.
“That’s where a lot of this comes from. Greg Hardy has fought cans. Even in the UFC, they’re going as far as to sign guys they’ve previously cut to give him an opportunity to look good, whereas my second fight in the promotion was Arjan Bhullar, who was 8-1. He was another top guy. I’ve challenged myself throughout my career, whoever they could find for me, whereas I feel like he’s cherry-picked his opponents. They’re trying to market him as this superstar athlete or crazy MMA talent, and he hasn’t displayed any of the skills.”