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Brooklyn Battler Heather Hardy Talks MMA Debut Cancellation



Brooklyn Battler Heather Hardy Talks MMA Debut Cancellation

Bad news for Heather Hardy, the Brooklyn based fighter who was counting down to making her MMA debut Saturday in Kansas, on an INVICTA show.

Word dropped Tuesday that Hardy's foe, Brieta Carpenter, was injured and couldn't take part in the show.

Hardy spoke to NYF about the change of plans.

“Really disappointing but, I can understand that it happens,” Hardy told us. And was an attempt made to find a replacement for Carpenter? “I was supposed to fly out tomorrow, and the coaches weren't too thrilled about finding a last minute replacement for my debut. No time to research or prepare, or make adjustments from the things we've been working on.”


She is one of the best known boxers in NY, maybe the best known female American boxer right now, and stands as a potent example of “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” toughness for any person looking for a role model in pursuing new year resolutions.

Heather Hardy tries her hand, and feet and all the rest in the mixed martial arts arena Saturday night in Kansas.

Yuri Foreman and Heather at Gleason's Gym, Jan. 9, 2017.

Yuri Foreman and Heather at Gleason's Gym, Jan. 9, 2017.

She will fight under the INVICTA banner, against 8-2 Brieta “Tank Girl” Carpenter, and in this video, she tells you how and where you can watch.

Note: She will once again be coming on the EVERLAST podcast TALKBOX, so keep an eye on her social media for that appearance.

NYFIGHTS talked with the fighting pride of Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 at the famed and fabled Gleason’s Gym in DUMBO, Brooklyn. We touched on her level of confidence as she counts down to her MMA entry, why she is doing the MMA thing, how she likes to treat foes, if she is giving up boxing all-together, when her next boxing match is (or isn’t), how long she’s been training MMA, and much much more.

Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.