What’s next for Greg Hardy after UFC Vegas 12?

This past weekend at UFC Vegas 12, Greg Hardy (7-2, 1 NC) took on “The Crochet Boss” Maurice Greene (9-5). The fight was all Hardy from the very beginning. After dropping Greene a couple of times, Hardy closed the show in the second round.

It was the second UFC victory of 2020 for the former NFL All-Pro defensive lineman. Back in May, Hardy defeated Yorgan De Castro by Unanimous Decision at UFC 249. Hardy continued to show improvement this past Saturday evening.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Rashad Evans, has taken Hardy under his wing. You can tell that Hardy has really put all of his time and effort into becoming a better mixed martial artist. In the past, Hardy always seemed to leave the door open for an NFL return.

However, this past week, Hardy said that MMA has completely taken over his life. Hardy could be a very dangerous contender if he continues to tighten things up and progressing down the path that he’s currently on.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 12?

I personally think it’s time that the UFC steps up the competition for Greg Hardy. Outside of the Ben Sosoli No Contest, the only fight that Greg Hardy hasn’t won in the last year and a half was the last minute fight against Alexander Volkov.

If I was playing matchmaker after this last performance, I would give Hardy someone who’s either on the fringe of the top 15 or someone who’s on the backend. If you want to give him someone with a ranking, I would look at Marcin Tybura.

However, I think there’s a better option that will come out of this upcoming weekend. At UFC Vegas 13, Tanner Boser is scheduled to take on Andrei Arlovski. I think the winner of that fight would be a good next step for Hardy in the UFC‘s heavyweight division.

UFC: Andrei Arlovski – Tanner Boser added to Oct. 3 card

Andrei Arlovski

Over the weekend, it started to come out that Edson Barboza and Jeremy Stephens would headline the UFC‘s fight card on October 3rd. We have know learned that heavyweight contest will also be on the main card.

According to multiple reports, Andrei Arlovski (29-19, 2 NC) will be taking on Tanner Boser (19-6-1) on the main card. Both heavyweights are coming off wins in their last fights.

Interesting UFC heavyweight matchup

The former UFC heavyweight champion, Arlovski, is at an interesting spot. He’s 41 years old, but he’s content will still taking on up and coming talent in the heavyweight division.

Arlovski returned back in May against Philipe Lins and won by unanimous decision. Prior to that, he was knocked out by Jairzinho Rozenstruik in 29 seconds.

Back in 2014, Arlovski returned to the UFC after an extended layoff from the promotion. He won four straight fights which led many to believe that Arlovski could once again become heavyweight champion.

That is, until Stipe Miocic put his lights out in 54 seconds. Arlovski would go on to lose an additional four fights in a row getting finished in all but one of them. Since then, he’s won fights, lost fights, but never been consistent.

Standing across from the former UFC champion will be Tanner Boser. Boser has looked incredibly impressive in his last two fights with finishes over Raphael Pessoa and Philipe Lins.

Since joining the promotion back in late 2019, Boser is 3-1. His only defeat came at the hands of top heavyweight prospect Ciryl Gane. This is a big fight for Boser because it’s the biggest name he’s fought so far.

Sure, Arlovski’s name doesn’t carry the same weight it once did, but he’s still a former champion. If Boser can come out and stop Arlovski the way he’s stopped his last two fights, it will be a big feather in his cap moving forward.