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At "Bellator NYC" media day, undefeated Brooklyn boxer Heather "The Heat" Hardy (20-0, 1 NC boxing, 0-0 MMA) told Ariel Helwani that she’ll be banking more cash from her MMA debut than she did in any previous boxing competition, including her recent title fights.
Hardy’s purse for her June 24 fight against Alice "The Soccer Mom" Yauger hasn’t been released to the public, but she says it’s more than the $10,000 or so that she regularly receives to box at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. While some MMA fighters — most notably "Notorious" Conor McGregor — are dipping into the sport of boxing to earn fatter paychecks, "The Heat" is going in reverse, trading in her ring gear for a chance to compete inside the cage.
The 35-year-old told Helwani that her bout at the "World’s Most Famous Arena" will net her more money than from any of her 20 bouts inside the boxing ring. Hardy was originally slated to make her pro MMA debut earlier this year under the Invicta Fighting Championships banner. But after her opponent withdrew due to injury, she fell off the card completely, and Bellator came calling shortly after.
The New York native is now slated to kick off the Spike-televised Bellator 180 card on June 24 at Madison Square Garden, an event meant to build hype for Bellator’s pay-per-view spectacular that goes down later that evening. What should fans take away from this situation? First of all, it’s nice that Hardy is finally getting the mainstream media attention that she deserves. Bellator also deserves some serious props for giving her a chance — and a nice payday to go along with it.
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