Greg Hardy admitted he’s scared to be competing through the present world coronavirus pandemic.

The UFC heavyweight and former NFL standout returns to the octagon Saturday when he takes on Yorgan De Castro at UFC 249. It comes beneath unprecedented circumstances. That is the primary UFC occasion held through the coronavirus disaster within the U.S. On prime of that, Hardy (5-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has bronchial asthma, which makes leaving his dwelling and heading to Jacksonville, Fla., to compete in knowledgeable struggle far more regarding than it usually would.

“I’m terrified, man,” Hardy mentioned in a digital media scrum Thursday. “However that’s not going to cease me from paving the best way and ensuring my boss has essentially the most entertaining struggle – (the) first occasion out of all sports activities. That is the most important occasion, and it wants the most important athletes.”

Hardy has been open about his points with bronchial asthma. He even had a win overturned to a no contest after utilizing an inhaler in between rounds in his struggle with Ben Sosoli final October.

Though the UFC has carried out a number of security protocols to take care of COVID-19, together with testing for all athletes and everybody concerned within the occasion, it stays a controversial dialogue whether or not MMA fights ought to be occurring simply but. The UFC is working with the Florida State Boxing Fee to control UFC 249.

Regardless of having bronchial asthma and understanding the respiratory points that COVID-19 causes, Hardy mentioned loyalty to the corporate is without doubt one of the foremost explanation why he didn’t pull out of his bout with De Castro.

“The fellows handle me. They ensure all the things is completed proper, all the things is completed on time. They handle my wants, and I believe that’s price loyalty,” Hardy mentioned.

For almost all of fighters, coaching for UFC 249 has been a lot totally different than for different fights because of the closing of gyms and security protocols instituted by state governments. For Hardy, it was no totally different. He even needed to prepare with a brand new staff and never American High Staff in Florida.

“This one has been loopy for me,” Hardy mentioned. “I’ve bronchial asthma, so I selected to not fly. I’ve been driving forwards and backwards from Dallas again to my gymnasium (in Coconut Creek, Fla.). Two instances, I used to be honored to be in each single a kind of playing cards (that acquired postponed). Nevertheless it was simply back-and-forth – prepare and drive, prepare and drive. So I ended up separating from my coaches and getting a complete new teaching employees. So this has been a whirlwind for me. And on prime of that, the COVID – so simply making an attempt to remain protected. It’s been lot of ups and downs, however we’re right here and we’re prepared.”