Ex-NFL star Greg Hardy earns 3rd UFC win, beats Yorgan de Castro at ‘UFC 249’ in Jacksonville, Florida

Greg Hardy, Yorgan de Castro (©UFC)

Greg Hardy, Yorgan de Castro (©UFC)

Greg Hardy, 31, of Millington, Tennessee, United States was one of the winners at “UFC 249.” It was the former football player’s third victory in the mixed martial arts promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship, which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

Featuring 11 MMA matches, “UFC 249” took place at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, USA on May 9, 2020. In the seventh bout of the evening, Hardy fought Yorgan de Castro, 33, of Cape Verde in the heavyweight division.

Herb Dean served as the referee. After three five-minute rounds, the heavyweight contest was left in the hands of the three judges, who all scored it 30-27.

In the end, Dean raised the hand of Hardy, who was declared the winner via unanimous decision. It marked the first professional MMA loss of de Castro.


As a footballer, Hardy played in the National Football League particularly for the Carolina Panthers from 2010 to 2014 and the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. In 2018, he played for the Richmond Roughriders under the American Arena League.

As an MMA fighter, Hardy has been competing professionally since 2018. The Millington native joined the UFC in 2019 and defeated Dmitry Smoliakov and Juan Adams in the same year.

Winning at “UFC 249” improved the professional MMA record of Hardy to 5 wins, 2 losses, 0 draw and 1 No Contest. On the other hand, de Castro now has 6 wins and 1 loss.

Seven countries were represented at “UFC 249” namely were Brazil, Cameroon, Cape Verde, France, Russia, Suriname and the U.S. De Castro solely represented Cape Verde while Hardy was one of the 16 representatives of the U.S.

While almost all major international sports events have been either cancelled or postponed, the UFC held “UFC 249” amid the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As of May 9, 2020, the U.S. listed 1,346,354 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 80,007 died from a disease caused by the virus and 236,825 recovered from it.

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