Greg Hardy just knocked the living hell out of this dude in his first fight pic.twitter.com/tpfnlzTV3u
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) June 13, 2018
It only took former NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy 57 seconds to earn a UFC contract on Tuesday night, as he would knockout fellow NFL’er Austen Lane.
Hardy, who was ran out of the NFL for his issues with drugs and charges of domestic violence, would make his pro debut on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, after going undefeated as an amateur.
When it comes to Hardy’s well-publicized issues, including throwing his then girlfriend on to a bed of guns, among other alleged acts of domestic violence, Dana White knows Hardy may never live it down.
“The reality is, if this guy stays clean for the next 10 years, goes on to win a world title, becomes one of the greatest mixed martial artists to ever live, he’s always going to be looked at – he’s always going to hear it,” White told MMAjunkie on Tuesday night. “That’s always going to be in the story that’s written about him. Other opponents he fights are going to call him a woman beater. That’s going follow him for the rest of his life. You don’t shed that. That stays with you forever, and he’s done all the things right so far.
“This guy has paid his dues, and like I said, he hit rock bottom. He built himself back up, he’s going out there, and he’s fighting in these amateur fights where he doesn’t get paid. Now he came here, and I think he made $10,000 and $10,000. He’s working his way back up the ladder. He’s doing the right things. He’s off drugs, he’s off alcohol, and he’s trying to change his life.
Even though Hardy was impressive in his debut as a pro, it will be a long time until we see Hardy compete on a UFC event. White does have an idea how to groom the former Pro Bowl defensive end.
“The way I see it is, what I would love to do, in a perfect world, this is not what I’m doing, but in a perfect world this is what I would like to do,” White said. “If he can turn around and come back, I would like to have him fight on the last episode of the Contender Series. Then I would like to put him on a bunch of ‘Looking For A Fight’ cards, get him some experience and then we’ll decide when we think he’s ready for the UFC.
“If you see him, you see that he has power. He’s a big heavyweight. He needs to work more. He needs to get some more fights. We’ve done deals where, for example, Cyborg was under contract with the UFC but fought in Invicta. Alexa Grasso was under contract with the UFC. Mackenzie Dern was under contract with the UFC and fought in other places. I have a few ideas of what to do with this guy and let him develop. He’s with a great team already, he’s training with great guys. They say he’s a hard worker. They say all positive things about him out of that gym. We’ll try to build him up and see what he can do.”
Report: MMA Junkie