Yet another Greg Hardy fight in the books and yet another controversial moment in the sport.
Greg Hardy initially scored a decision victory over Ben Sosoli but his use of an inhaler between rounds 2 and 3 led to the decision being overturned to a no contest.
Hardy claimed the commission had give him permission to use the inhaler, however, it appears that they only asked once Hardy was already in the cage.
“I was in the ring, me and my coach asked the commission if it would be OK to use my inhaler and they said yes, so I took it. I’m still new guy in this sport, I did what I do in every situation; I asked permission, I got permission and I did what I was told.”
USADA’s website does state that certain inhalers are allowed to be used as long as a maximum dosage is not exceeded over a 12-hour period.
Jeff Novitsky, the UFC VP Athlete Health and Performance, also confirmed to Kevin Iole that inhalers are not prohibited under USADA rules
Dana White believes that, ultimately, the blame lies at the feet of Hardy’s corner team.
“First of all, Din Thomas, come on Din, you’ve been in this game forever. His corner, they’ve got to know you can’t use an inhaler in the corner. They should know that. Shouldn’t even be a question.”
MMA Fighting have also confirmed that Hardy’s manager, Abraham Kawa, has confirmed that they will be appealing any action that the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission takes regarding the incident.