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has shown some of the most incredible explosiveness in recent heavyweight memory. If he can dial in his game, he could rocket up the ranks of the ’s heaviest division.

Hardy stumbled in his debut, however. He was rocking , but unloaded with an illegal knee that left Crowder unable to continue, which meant Hardy was unable to win. He was disqualified. 

For his second fight under the banner the former star will face an even tougher task in Dmitry Smoliakov, who has much more experience than Hardy and a solid 9-2 record to accompany it. 

Will get on track in the on + 8 co-main event or will Dmitry Smoliakov expose him as a flash in the pan?

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