After losing his UFC debut, Greg Hardy returned to action with an impressive performance against Dmitrii Smoliakov in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN+ 8 in Sunrise, Florida. Hardy needed just over two minutes to dispose of his opponent with a dominant TKO victory in Round 1.
Hardy showed patience in the opening moments of the fight, before landing a heavy shot that put his opponent in danger.
From there, Hardy picked up his output and was able demolish Smoliakov with some heavy ground-and-pound before the referee had to intervene and stop the fight.
Here are the highlights.
If you missed out on Saturday’s action, we have you covered. The full results from UFC on ESPN+ 8 can be seen below.
UFC on ESPN+ 8 Results
- Greg Hardy def. Dmitrii Smoliakov via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:15
- Mike Perry def. Alex Oliveira via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Glover Teixeira def. Ion Cutelaba via submission (rear-naked choke) Round 2, 3:37
- Corey Sandhagen def. John Lineker via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Roosevelt Roberts def. Thomas Gifford via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Takashi Sato def. Ben Saunders via TKO (punch and elbows) – Round 2, 1:18
- Augusto Sakai def. Andrei Arlovski via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Carla Esparza def. Virna Jandiroba via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Gilbert Burns def. Mike Davis via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:15
- Jim Miller def. Jason Gonzalez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:12
- Angela Hill def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Dhiego Lima def. Court McGee via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)