Heather Hardy to Make MMA Debut in MSG

Note: This is a piece I wrote for Champions.

Like Luke Skywalker when he made the decision to become a jedi, professional boxer Heather Hardy is about to a step into a new world – in her case mixed martial arts – with her first professional MMA bout in June.

Hardy, who is from Brooklyn, signed with Bellator MMA and will compete in Madison Square Garden at Bellator 180, June 24. Her opponent is Alice Yauger. Both Bellator and Hardy confirmed both the signing and the fight.

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Barb Honchak Should Get an Opportunity to Fight in the UFC

Note: This is a column I wrote for Creators

It’s happening fight fans, the UFC’s women’s flyweight division is underway and the promotion is using the 26th season of “The Ultimate Fighter” as a platform to determine its inaugural champion – something the promotion did when it established its women’s 115-pound weight class. Not surprisingly, there were many familiar faces who participated in the “TUF” tryouts, including former Invicta flyweight champion “Little Warrior” Barb Honchak.

Honchak’s appearance at the tryouts made waves in the MMA world this week because she hasn’t competed in a professional MMA bout since 2014. For some, it was like seeing a former teammate return to practice after a long absence. It also begged the question from “Where has Barb Honchak been all this time?”

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