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Friday, July 10, 2020

Watch: Greg Hardy asks for permission to use inhaler between rounds

Greg Hardy

Greg Hardy’s win at UFC on ESPN 6 on Friday night was overturned to a no contest after he illegally used an inhaler between rounds, but you can see why he ended up breaking the rules.

Hardy’s manager claims the football player-turned-fighter has asthma, which is why Hardy used the inhaler between the second and third rounds of his fight with Ben Sosoli. Inhalers are classified as beta-2 agonists and illegal according to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances.

During his fight, Hardy could be seen asking for permission to use his inhaler. He was asked in response if it was for medical purposes, said yes, and then used it.

Hardy and his coach say a ringside inspector allowed the fighter to use the inhaler. A fighter would need state commission approval to use an inhaler in a fight, and Hardy reportedly did not have such preapproval from the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission.

The UFC immediately overturned Hardy’s win to a no contest. Hardy had initially received a unanimous decision victory. Hardy is 5-1 with one no contest. He should probably learn the rules and get things cleared up beforehand next time.

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