Former NFL player Greg Hardy to make pro MMA debut on UFC TV series

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Greg Hardy (Getty Photographs)

Controversial former NFL player Greg Hardy will make his debut as a pro MMA fighter June 12 in Las Vegas.

MMA Right now reviews Hardy will struggle Brandon Sayles (5-1) within the first episode of the UFC’s upcoming season of “Dana White’s Tuesday Night time Contender Series.”

It is the newest step in Hardy’s publish-NFL profession. The move rusher set a Panthers group report with 15 sacks in 2013 and made second-workforce All-Pro. However he performed just one recreation within the 2014 season earlier than being positioned on the commissioner’s exempt listing after being arrested for allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend. 

Though expenses in that case have been ultimately dropped, Hardy hasn’t performed within the NFL because the 2015 season. Hardy pleaded responsible to a misdemeanor drug cost in 2016. 

UFC president White stated in 2016 he’d be open to giving Hardy a shot within the octagon.

“I’m not saying he must be welcomed right here,” White stated (by way of MMA-At the moment). “I’m saying, I’m a man who believes that should you make a mistake, your life isn’t over endlessly. Once you make errors, it’s about the way you act from there on out.”

The 6-5, 280-pound Hardy has gained all three of his novice MMA fights by knockout, needing a complete of simply 142 seconds within the three fights to safe the wins.