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Chad Hardy

Chad Hardy

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Chad Hardy, also known as “Beast” is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Nick Albin (Chewy), who is also one of the top middleweight competitors of his generation as well as a well-respected member of Kentucky’s (USA) grappling community. Known throughout his career for his highly submission oriented ground game, Hardy is also respected for having overcome mental illness through the practice of sports, channeling his ailment to become one of the world’s best at jiu-jitsu.

Chad Hardy Jiu-Jitsu

Full Name: Chad M. G. Hardy

Nickname: Chad is often referenced as “Beast”, a name that became associated with Hardy at around 12 years of age, when he began his competition career. As Chad won most of the competitions he entered, the reception employee at Chad’s gym started calling him “Beast” every time he entered the premises. The name was quickly adopted by other members of the team and stuck to the athlete throughout his career.

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie Carlson Gracie > Renato Tavares > Colin/Kyle Cannon > Nick Albin > Chad Hardy

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF Las Vegas Summer Open (2018)
  • 1st Place IBJJF IBJJF Washington Spring Open (2018)
  • 1st Place Top Roller Invitational (2017)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Atlanta Winter Open (2019)

Favorite Position/Technique: Triangle Choke

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82,30 kg / 181.5 lbs)

Team/Association: Team Shawn Hammonds

Chad Hardy Biography

Chad Hardy was born on January 24, 1995, in Bloomington, Indiana.

The early years of Chad in Bloomington were not easy. His area of residence was crime infested, and, before his 5th birthday, his mother had passed away. This unfortunate event was followed by Hardy’s father being placed in a coma for nearly 1 year after being shot in the head by a local felon. After he recovered, Hardy’s dad moved to Louisville, Kentucky, taking Chad’s grandparents and two cousins with them, in an attempt to escape what life had become in Indiana.

Hardy’s first martial art experience was prompted after he was punched in the face on his first day of school in their new town. Chad was not an aggressive child and did not react, circumstances that led his father to enroll him in taekwondo (TKD) classes.

Chad practiced TKD from the age of 7, up to 11, but was forced to abandon his training due to the closing down of his dojang. Not happy with the idea of Chad quitting, Hardy’s then coach helped the young athlete find a gym where he could continue his progression as a martial artist, finding him a home at a mixed martial arts (MMA) academy nearby, named Derby City MMA. At this new academy, Chad trained mainly striking at first, mixing in a few classes of jiu-jitsu under the guidance of Colin and Kyle Cannon, as well as Nick Albin. As time progressed, Hardy chose to place more of his efforts into grappling.

A very precocious grappler, Chad was already helping out with the kids class as an assistant instructor when he was an orange belt, going on to teach adults as soon as he received his purple. Competition wise Hardy started going against black belts from his 16th birthday (2012).

During Chad’s mid-teens, his life took another turn for the worst. Both his Grandfather and uncle passed away, two people who were big influences in his life. As a whiplash effect, Hardy’s school duties suffered tremendously, failing every class in his freshman year. This downward spiral also affected Chad’s relationship with his father, culminating in an attempt of suicide.

The failed attempt was a wake-up call for Chad and those around him. His relationship with his father greatly improved after the episode, but also, the support showed by his training partners/friends was of great importance in Chad’s recovery.

While climbing the belt system, Chad Hardy became one of the top grapplers in Kentucky, going on to earn his black belt from his longtime coach, Nick Albin (Chewy) on November 2016.

Chad Hardy Grappling Record

23 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    3 (13%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    19 (83%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (4%)

19 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Triangle
37
7
#86e620
Armbar
32
6
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
11
2
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
5
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
5
1
#f58822
Shoulder lock
5
1
#224aba
Choke from back
5
1
19
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
7 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    1 (14%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (86%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
33
2
#86e620
Choke
17
1
#5AD3D1
Armbar
17
1
#d1212a
Choke from back
17
1
#fad11b
Katagatame
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Chad Hardy Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
15551Isaac DoederleinIsaac DoederleinLChokeWashington SPOABSR12018
17136Michael TrassoMichael TrassoLPts: 2x0No Gi Pan Am.79KG4F2018
18061Pedro PalharesLKneebarNashville Fall Open82KGSF2018
18756Brian BeauryBrian BeauryLArmbarAtlanta W. Open82KGSF2019
18764Brian BeauryBrian BeauryLKneebarAtlanta W. OpenABSR12019
19162Michael LieraMichael LieraLChoke from backPan American82KG4F2019
19214Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaLKatagatamePan AmericanABSR22019
11368Robbie CraddockWTriangleSapateiro 6ABSSPF2017
11384Jeovany OrtizWHeel hookTN State Champ.ABSSPF2017
11385Ethan MosesWHeel hookTN State Champ.ABSSPF2017
14592Elijah CarltonWPointsTop RollerABSR12017
14593Sterling PeaceWArmbarTop RollerABS4F2017
14594Jake JoeWTriangleTop RollerABSSF2017
14595Ben TuckerWTriangle armbarTop RollerABSF2017
14596Paul RileyWArmbarUGI77KGF2017
14597Kyle ThomisonWTriangleEGO82KGF2018
14598Rob ArnettWArmbarEGOABSR12018
14599Mathew SmithWToe holdFujiABSSF2018
14600Garrett AndrewsWArmbarFujiABSF2018
14601Chris GriffinWTriangleUGI77KGF2018
15545Greg WalkerWTriangleWashington SPO82KG4F2018
15546Athos MirandaWShoulder lockWashington SPO82KGSF2018
15547Thomas KeenanWDQWashington SPO82KGF2018
16996Nisar loynabWChoke from backLas Vegas Open88KG4F2018
16997James ClingermanWArmbarLas Vegas Open88KGSF2018
16998Gustavo AndradeWPts: 9x6Las Vegas Open88KGF2018
18754Richard PintoWTriangleAtlanta W. Open82KG4F2019
19140Ygor DantasWTrianglePan American82KGR12019
19156Lucas ValleWArmbarPan American82KG8F2019
19210Melor StruraWPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABSR12019

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