The main event for UFC Moscow on Nov. 9 was set to be Junior Dos Santos vs. Alexander Volkov (30-7). However, Dos Santos has been forced to pull out of the fight after contracting cellulitis. The fight cancelation was first confirmed by RT Sport’s Denis Geyko and with the reasoning confirmed by ESPN. Well, enter Greg Hardy.
Dos Santos has been hospitalized for eight days and is currently in a hospital in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Since the news that “JDS” had to pull out of the main event, UFC has been scrambling for a replacement. Francis Ngannou seemed to be the most likely option after knocking out Dos Santos in June, he would make sense.
Hardy vs Volkov will now be the co-main event with the featherweight clash between Zabit Magomedsharipov and Calvin Kattar being promoted to the main event. Due to the short notice, it will remain a three-round affair.
This is a massive step up in competition for Hardy on 18 days’ notice. The former NFL star has a professional record of 5-1 (1 NC). This fight makes Hardy the first heavyweight in UFC History to fight five times in one year according to ESPN Stats & Info.
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