Greg Hardy got back to finishing fights in the first round in the co-main event of UFC Fort Lauderdale on Saturday.
Hardy defeated Dmitrii Smoliakov by TKO via ground-and-pound just 2:15 into the first round to move to 4-1 in his professional career, and 1-1 in the UFC. He was disqualified due to an illegal knee in his first UFC bout in January.
Hardy won his first two fights in the “Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series” in less than a minute to earn a UFC contract. He also defeated Ray Jones in XFN before his main card debut in January.
Smoliakov appeared to want no part of Hardy from the outset. The 36-year-old Russian was unsuccessful on a couple of takedown attempts and managed minimal offense, registering just one strike. Hardy dropped his opponent with a right hand and then landed a series of ground strikes before the referee stopped the fight.
Hardy was met with boos from the Florida crowd. His past, which includes a domestic violence case during his NFL career, has made him an unpopular figure in the UFC.
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