Another First-Round KO
Former Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy fought his mixed martial arts career’s second bout last night at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series (DWTNCS).
This 17-second KO just proved that his professional debut win vs Austen Lane at 57 seconds is not a matter of luck. The controversial former NFL All-Pro’s second MMA victory vs Taboris Gordon (3-1) was practically over before it even began.
Hardy (2-0) swarmed his opponent early, successfully landing heavy punches on him including the right-hand strike on Gordon’s temple that sent him lying down the mat.
Impressively, both of Hardy’s pro MMA fights and all three of his amateur battles were first-round knockouts, the longest of which lasted 1:36. On a post-fight interview he said:
“I did what I said I’d do. I’m here for business. I just had it on my mind. Come out, put on pressure, apply my skill set. I wasn’t aware, I was in the zone. I was going to keep throwing punches until it was waved off.”
Despite this, UFC President Dana White has not yet awarded him a full contract with the promotion, saying that the American Top Team competitor needs more fights to deserve a spot. He said:
“He’s got two fights, some of these kids have 12 fights, some are 7-0. He’s got nothing but time. He has to get some more work in.”
After the end of his NFL tenure, Hardy immediately kicked off his MMA career in 2016. However, he has faced a lot of controversies throughout his sports pursuit as some legal issues are being pointed at him.
In March 2015, a case of domestic violence vs Hardy forced the Panthers to sever ties with him. The Cowboys then recruited him in the team for a one-year deal, however, they had to forgo him on the first four games after violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.
He ended that year with six sacks and an interception across 12 starts, but the Cowboys chose not to sign him in the team anew due to reports of bad behaviour in the locker room.
Watch his first amazing win on DWTNCS below:
In October of 2016, he started his MMA career without any formal training in martial arts. Despite this, he surprisingly won three amateur fights from November 2017 through February 2018.
His professional debut made a big noise as part of White’s contender series in June when he knocked out his fellow former NFL defensive lineman Austen Lane in 57 seconds of the first round.
Watch his impressive 17-second KO win here:
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White then offered him a developmental contract with the UFC, explaining why he allowed him to fight professionally before it:
“I guess he had a really bad drug and alcohol problem. (He) started to get into MMA. (He) cleaned himself up. If you take to anybody that he trains with, male or female, they say that he’s a very good guy, he’s very humble and everybody deserves a second chance. And the guy was never charged with anything. He was never sentenced or anything like that, so we’re going to give him a shot.”