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Extinct NFL defensive end and up-to-the-minute mixed martial artist Greg Hardy also can produce his UFC debut as rapidly as next month.
Basically based on Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com, UFC President Dana White acknowledged plans are being finalized for a bout between Hardy and heavyweight Allen Crowder on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, Original York.
Hardy, who played within the NFL from 2010 to 2015, has a 3-zero MMA document. In his final fight, the 6’5″, 265-pounder knocked out Rasheem Jones at Xtreme Fight Evening 352 on Sept. 29.
The 6’3″, 245-pound Crowder has a 9-3 document. He hasn’t fought professionally since Dec. 2, 2017, when Justin Willis knocked him out within the first spherical.
Hardy was one in every of the NFL’s most appealing defensive avid gamers in 2012 and 2013, collecting 26 sacks and a hundred and twenty tackles for the Carolina Panthers.
Nonetheless, Hardy was chanced on responsible “of assaulting a female and communicating threats” in July 2014. Per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN.com), Nicole Holder, who feeble so a ways Hardy, on the spot the court “she was assaulted by Hardy at his rental after a evening of drinking. She furthermore acknowledged Hardy threatened to waste her and assign his hands spherical her neck.”
As Okamoto neatly-known, “the costs enjoy been later expunged from his document when the sufferer did not look in court for a jury trial for the length of his enchantment.”
Hardy was positioned on the commissioner’s exempt list in 2014 and played correct one game for the Panthers, who did not re-mark him. In 2015, Hardy was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s deepest habits policy. He looked in 12 contests for the Dallas Cowboys but was not re-signed.
Regardless of Hardy’s historical previous, the UFC is consuming to present him one other shot at a legitimate athletic occupation. Per Okamoto, “White has acknowledged Hardy’s previous will ‘remark him for the leisure of his life’ but is consuming to present the usual All-Pro defensive lineman a 2d likelihood.”
The predominant hurdle to the deliberate bout appears to be like the contracts, which enjoy but to be signed, in response to Okamoto. Supplied the deal gets accomplished, Hardy and Crowder will battle on UFC Fight Evening at the Barclays Heart.