The UFC announced the bout today through their Twitter page.
Hardy (5-2-0-1NC) has won just one of his last three under the UFC banner, with that lone win coming over Juan Adams at UFC Fight Night San Antonio. Hardy competed twice before on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, winning both times by defeating Austen Lane and Tebaris Gordon. Hardy has picked up five wins as a professional MMA fighter and all of them came by way of KO/TKO.
De Castro (6-0-0) has already picked up a single win in the UFC, which came against Justin Tafa at UFC 243. De Castro also competed on Dana White’s Contender Series Season 3, Episode 1, defeating Sanford Alton Meeks by first round TKO. De Castro has picked up six wins as a professional MMA fighter and five of them came by way of KO/TKO.
UFC Fight Night Columbus takes place on Saturday, March 28 from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio with Francis Ngannou and Jairzinho Rozenstruik headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.