Greg Hardy is taking a step forward in his MMA career after a successful pro debut.
Hardy defeated fellow ex-NFL player Austen Lane in Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series via a dominant 57-second knockout. White then announced the UFC will sign Hardy, but suggested it’ll be a developmental contract.
“This means everything,” Hardy said on the broadcast after his Contender Series victory. “It’s awesome. … I’m just really glad I got the opportunity, man. Austen came out fighting hard like I thought he would, and it was just a great fight. I got lucky and came in and did what I was supposed to do, and it worked out.”
White also hinted that Hardy could be given more pro fights elsewhere to gain experience before joining the UFC permanently.
Hardy was 3-0 as an amateur heavyweight before turning pro and winning his debut bout. All four of his MMA fights have resulted in first-round knockout victories.
The formerand defensive end last played in the NFL in 2015, and his UFC signing doesn’t come without controversy. Hardy was of communicating threats and assaulting then-girlfriend Nicole Holder in 2014. Charges were later from his record when Holder told prosecutors she didn’t want to testify in Hardy’s appeal trial.
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