Hardy (7-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) was knocked out in just 67 seconds
at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday when, after injuring Tuivasa (13-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), he charged up with little sense of defense and got caught with a counter-shot that caused turn off his lights.
The controversial former NFL star has now lost three of his last five fights, including back-to-back bouts by strikes. He was clearly not happy with himself after the fight, but vowed to return to winning form and move forward (via Instagram):
Talk n shit all 2021. I also have to stop making rookie mistakes. There is no FN excuse for this Ish, but my real ones know that you can’t kill the kraken and you certainly can’t kill the prince. So bring it. I’ll be back. Thanks to @ufc and good shit by @bambamtuivasa all respect and nice win.
Will Hardy’s rebound attempt be under the UFC banner, however? It doesn’t seem like a guarantee.
UFC President Dana White said after UFC 264 the loss was critical in Hardy’s career, and where he fits into the heavyweight image is something he will need to assess.
“Tonight was a big night for him – tonight was a really big night,” White told reporters at the UFC 264 post-fight press conference. “Tai Tuivasa would have been a real win for him, so I don’t know what that means to him tonight. “