Dana White Responds to Criticism About Booking Greg Hardy on Brooklyn Card

UFC 231 is now available on Amazon Prime.

Addressing the controversy regarding the booking of Greg Hardy
on the same card as recent alleged domestic violence victim
Rachael
Ostovich
,
Ultimate Fighting Championship
President Dana White defended
the decision while responding to criticism.

While in Toronto for UFC
231
, White talked with Aaron Bronsteter of TSN about the
booking, saying he would not be removing Hardy from the event. Both
fighters are currently booked at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on January 19 in
Brooklyn, New York, with Ostovich facing Paige
VanZant
and Hardy making his
Ultimate Fighting Championship
debut against Allen
Crowder
.

Hardy’s history of domestic violence has put him under a great deal
of scrutiny since his appearance on Dana White’s Tuesday Night
Contender Series. Meanwhile, with Ostovich, a recent victim of an
alleged domestic violence incident that almost forced her off the
card, fans have wondered how the UFC could ever book Ostovich and
Hardy on the same event.

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.
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.

What Hardy did will follow him for the rest of his life and his
career, added White, and believes that Hardy has spent the last
five years rehabilitating himself while trying to put the issues
from his past behind him. White added that Hardy did nothing to
Ostovich, so there should be no issue at having both fighters
booked on the same card.

When asked about the two doing media together when it comes time to
promote the event in Brooklyn, White stated, “If you want to make
it an issue, you can make it an issue,” and added, “Rachael
Ostovich doesn’t have an issue and that’s all that matters to
me.”

UFC on ESPN+ 1 will take place on Jan. 19 at the Barclays Center in
Brooklyn, New York, and will be headlined by a flyweight title
fight between Henry
Cejudo
and bantamweight king T.J.
Dillashaw
.

Edward Carbajal serves as the lead MMA analyst for Frontproof Media and holds a black belt in Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu and a brown belt in Ishin Ryu Karate. He has covered
combat sports since 2014 and has been a fan of MMA since the first
UFC. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com.

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