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Three fights into his mixed martial arts career and former NFL Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy is on the cusp of realizing his dream of moving from the NFL to the UFC.
Though Hardy was a productive player for the Carolina Panthers, the team declined to re-sign him following a domestic violence incident. He spent a short time with the Dallas Cowboys before they released him as well. That’s when Hardy made the move to MMA.
Hardy is currently under contract with an American Arena League team, but has been working his way up the heavyweight ranks in MMA. He is currently 3-0 in the cage, winning all three by way of knockout. Hardy’s most recent bout was under the LFA banner, which helped him to get picked up by Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.
Should he do well fighting for Dana White’s show, Hardy could take a step into the UFC.
In a recent interview with TMZ Sports, Hardy dismissed recent comments by current UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis, who slammed hardy for the domestic violence charge.
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“Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but I’m going to work my way up. I’m going to do what I’m supposed to do, take my steps, learn the game, give it the respect it deserves, because it’s given me a lot and it’s changed me in a lot of ways.”
Once he makes the transition to the UFC, Hardy is ultimately dreaming of a shot at heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic.