Greg Hardy likes to beat his women. Rachel Ostovich was beaten up by her man. Both are UFC fighters, and guess what? It appears both are going to be on the UFC on ESPN+1 card.
If you’ll recall, Hardy’s appearance on the Tuesday Night Contender Series drew a lot of ire from fans because, well, Hardy has a bit of moral baggage he carries around with him. You know, the whole domestic violence thing.
Ostovich, meanwhile, just had her orbital bone broken courtesy of her husband, but is overcoming that domestic violence trauma to be able to face Paige VanZant.
And the UFC has put both an abuser and a victim on the same card.
Greg Hardy’s UFC debut targeted for Jan. 19, per Dana White. That’s the first ESPN+ card, on the UFC/ESPN deal. https://t.co/k1ODh2O4Md
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 5, 2018
Some argue that this is kind of tone deaf on the UFC’s part.
Greg Hardy’s eventual UFC debut was always going to be controversial and met with heavy criticism. However, to debut him on the same card as Rachael Ostovich (on the first ESPN card, no less) is a dubious decision at best and incredibly tone-deaf. https://t.co/lqd8BYW9GA
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 5, 2018
Sure, maybe it is. But it’s not like Ostovich is going to be in danger of Hardy attacker her, is she?
What do you think? Is this much ado over nothing? Or definite weak sauce by the UFC?