After getting KO'd by Derrick Lewis in a fight he was winning in October 2018, Alexander Volkov fought cautiously -- or, as his translator said, "mathematically" -- so as not to get caught by Greg Hardy. Not a stirring performance, but Volkov won and Hardy got to measure himself against a Top 10 heavyweight.
Alexander Volkov wins a clear decision in the co-main event -- 30-27 on all three scorecards -- but going the distance with the No. 7-ranked heavyweight is a victory of sorts for Greg Hardy, or at least a building block as his young career evolves.
Greg Hardy is stepping into the Octagon right now for the biggest test of his young fight career. He's been in huge spots before, when he was in the NFL. Of course, he had teammates with him on the playing field back then. Now it's just him in the cage with Alexander Volkov, No. 7 in the ESPN heavyweight rankings.