Greg Hardy Opens His MMA Career By Beating Up 2 Guys That Don’t Stand A Chance

Bryan Brandom
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Greg Hardy hasn’t played in the NFL in two years, but that hasn’t stopped him from inflicting pain upon people, something he apparently excels at both in the sports arena and his personal life.

With teams unwilling to go near the former Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys defensive end with a 39-and-a-half-foot pole due to his being found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend and threatening her life in 2015, he’s turned to mixed martial arts.

So far, he’s fought and won twice, and apparently has a strategy for picking opponents: stick to fat guys.

In his November 4 debut, Hardy fought fellow first-timer Joe Hawkins at Rise of a Warrior 21 in Fort Pierce, Florida.

The fight lasted 32 seconds. Hardy took Hawkins to the floor with a right and struck him with a flurry of punches before the ref intervened.

“I’m ecstatic. I’ve been humbled a lot in the last two years,” Hardy said. “I’m just super excited to be able to compete. I’m just super excited to be back in the area. I’m super excited to be back to the Greg Hardy everyone knows and remembers and give back to my fans.”

On Friday, Hardy set his sights on a fighter even less capable of matching up with his physique, first-time fighter Kenneth Woods.

That bout lasted 96 seconds. Woods spent much of that time running for his life.

Hardy hasn’t given up on his NFL career, but he revealed that his current goal is to reach the UFC.

“I’d be a fool to turn away from what I loved doing for so long,” Hardy said. “But it’s a habit of an athlete, a player and a baller to put his whole heart and soul into what I’m doing. So the UFC has got my heart and soul. That’s where I’m going in my mind and my heart. Everything that I do is focused on this MMA career, so I’m coming.”

Hardy was cleared of his domestic violence charges when he appealed the judge’s decision and his accuser failed to show up. Less than a year later, he was arrested for cocaine possession in Dallas.

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