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Hardy returning for UFC vs. Smolyakov in April

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Hardy returning for UFC vs. Smolyakov in April
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  • Ariel HelwaniESPN Staff Writer

Greg Hardy will look to win his first UFC fight in April.

According to sources, Hardy is scheduled to meet Dmitry Smolyakov at the UFC Fight Night event in Sunrise, Florida, on April 27.

Hardy (3-1), the former NFL controversial NFL star turned mixed martial artist, lost his Octagon debut in January via disqualification when he landed an illegal knee on Allen Crowder in the second round.

Smolyakov (8-2) has lost his last two fights in a row, however, he hasn’t fought since January 2017. The Russian-born fighter is 0-2 in UFC fights.

The event, which will take place at the BB&T Center, doesn’t have a headliner booked just yet.

The initial plan was to schedule Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa, however, Romero is currently in the midst of filming a reality show. If he doesn’t get eliminated from the show soon, the promotion might look to book Costa vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, sources say.

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