Greg Hardy’s Inhalergate and 3 Other UFC Controversies

After Greg Hardy’s troubles caught up to him in the NFL, he made a transition to the UFC. There, his athleticism helped him get knockout after knockout, but controversy never left him. In his most recent fight, although he won it, the result was overturned after he illegally used his inhaler between rounds. It became known as Inhalergate, but it isn’t the only “gate” controversy in UFC history.

Greg Hardy and Inhalergate

As MMA Mania mentioned, Hardy had gotten approval from USADA, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, for his inhaler. However, his mistake came when he asked an inspector at the event whether or not he could use his inhaler during the fight. The inspector said yes, but as it turns out, the inspector actually didn’t have any authority over that. 

Sure enough, Hardy used his inhaler between the second and third rounds, and he then went on to win a dominant three-round decision. However, because of that illegal inhaler use, the result was overturned a few hours later.  Dana White, the president of the UFC, blamed Hardy’s corner for not doing their due diligence about the inhaler use. 

Towelgate rocks the UFC

Daniel Cormier is one of the most beloved men in the UFC, but many fans suspect that he cheated a little before his fight at UFC 210. Every fighter needs to make weight before a fight, and Cormier, after losing all the weight he could, weighed in about 1.2 pounds over the limit. However, because there was still time to weigh in, Cormier left the room and then came back a few minutes later to try again. He successfully made weight, and then he went on to win his fight.

But, questions arose regarding how Cormier was able to lose 1.2 pounds so quickly. It turns out, during his second weigh-in, Cormier leaned onto a towel that was covering his private area. That, according to many fans and analysts, was what allowed Cormier to make weight. Anthony Johnson, Cormier’s opponent, even appealed to get the result overturned because of Towelgate, but it was unsuccessful.

After Towelgate, UFC added a new rule that prevents fighters from touching the towel. 

Nate Diaz and Vapegate

Greg Hardy and his inhaler were and Nate Diaz and his love for marijuana were at the center of UFC controversies.
UFC fighter Nate Diaz smokes during a workout. | Kevork Djansezian/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC

Nate Diaz is known for his love for marijuana, but that almost got him into trouble. After Diaz’s second fight with Conor McGregor, a battered and bruised Diaz vaped some CBD oil during his post-fight conference. It seemed like nothing at the time, but the Nevada State Athletic Commission took some issue with it, as the use of marijuana was still controversial at the time.  

Vapegate, as it became known, eventually had a happy ending for Diaz. The Nevada State Athletic Commission determined that because Diaz vaped after his fight, he did nothing wrong. One of the results of Vapegate is that the use of CBD in the UFC became more popular afterward.


During his back and forth fight with Tim Kennedy, Yoel Romero found himself in some controversy. Near the end of round 2, Kennedy grabbed Romero’s glove, which is illegal, and then landed a few hard punches to Romero’s face. Romero was hurt, but he was saved by the bell. 

With 1 minute of rest between rounds, Stoolgate happened. John McCarthy, the referee of the fight, was largely to blame for the situation. Due to some difficulties regarding shepherding people in and out of the octagon, McCarthy allowed Romero and Kennedy to get about 30 seconds of extra rest between rounds.

Stoolgate made a lot of people, including UFC commentator Joe Rogan, angry. Kennedy argued that if Romero wasn’t allowed that extra 30 seconds, then he could have finished the job and knocked Romero out in the third round. However, the opposite happened, and Romero managed to knock Kennedy out in the third round. 

A lot of blame went around for Stoolgate, but ultimately, McCarthy said that it was his and the UFC’s fault for it.