Longtime boxer Heather Hardy is going to be making her professional MMA debut at Bellator 180, where she faces Alice Yauger in a women’s flyweight division fight.
Hardy (0-0-0) is going to be making her previously mentioned professional MMA debut, with no amateur experience to speak of as well. Hardy has a 20-0-0-1NC record as a professional boxer, with all of her fights taking place in the state of New York. Hardy was originally set to make her professional MMA debut at Invicta FC 21, but her fight got canceled when her opponent suffered a concussion during training.
Yauger (4-5-0) is currently winless under the Bellator MMA banner, having dropped a fight to Jessica Middleton at Bellator 171. Yauger is also a longtime veteran of the Xtreme Knockout promotion, where she earned wins over Kathina Catron and Roxanne Ceasear. Yauger has seen seven of her nine fights as a pro go the distance, it has been nearly two years since one of her fights didn’t go all three rounds.
Bellator 180 takes place on Saturday, June 24 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.