Published: Sun, December 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

White: Ostovich alright with fighting on same card as Hardy

White: Ostovich alright with fighting on same card as Hardy

The controversial Ex-NFL player is now slated to make his official UFC debut on January 19 at the first ever card airing on ESPN and ESPN+.

Hardy was convicted for domestic violence in 2014 only to later have the charges dropped after the victim failed to appear in court. According to the UFC president, Ostovich's view of the situation was, "his story is not my story", and that she said she believed in second chances. I have no problem fighting on the same card as this guy'. "She was totally cool with it and having her support was a key factor in that decision".

Since then, White has gone on to say that he talked to Ostovich and the fighter was okay with the entire issue.

"Everything Dana said is true and I think he covered it well", she wrote in revealed text messages. "So, she comes back and it ends up she's healthy enough to fight on this card and I'm like, "There's no way she's fighting on this card" - training for this, she's probably going to get injured, she needs to get her head together, she's going through a divorce". White made it a point to note that he contacted Ostovich directly, and claimed she did not object to Hardy's placement on the card. I was like, there's no way she should fight right now, she needs to take some time. The injury sent her to the hospital and initially put her fight against VanZant in doubt.

"Her take on it was, 'His story isn't my story". I want this fight.' And she gave me 75 reasons why she should be on this card.

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They felt that this was in poor taste by the UFC, given Ostovich's history with domestic abuse, and went on to criticise Dana White and the company for the matter.

In addition to Ostovich taking on VanZant and Hardy making his debut, the inaugural ESPN+ UFC card on January 19 in Brooklyn will reportedly be headlined by a champion vs. champion superfight pitting bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw against flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for the 125-pound belt.

"He's going to be tied to that for the rest of his career, for the rest of his life", White said. He hit rock bottom, he lost his job, and he's building a family now. He has a son and a daughter.

Whilst there's been much criticism for letting Hardy compete, White has sought to defend himself by stating he has the backing of Ostovich herself.

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