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Former NFL player Hardy to make MMA debut in June

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Greg Hardy has been out of the National Football League for a few seasons now. Hardy, who plays indoor football, will make his mixed martial arts debut on June 12th.

He will fight Austen Lane, who like Hardy, is a former NFL player. The heavyweight bout will be featured on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.

Greg Hardy is seen on the sidelines during a 2015 NFL game with the Dallas Cowboys (Getty Images)

Greg Hardy is seen on the sidelines during a 2015 NFL game with the Dallas Cowboys (Getty Images)

UFC announced the plans for Hardy during their UFC 224 broadcast on Saturday, as the event took place in Brazil.

Lane is 4-0 in his MMA career. He previously played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, and the Chicago Bears from 2010-2014.

“At the end of the day, when we go in the cage, we’re just going to be two fighters,” Lane said in an interview with FloCombat.com. “Obviously, we’ll both have some athleticism that has carried over from the NFL, but I don’t consider him former NFL player Greg Hardy, I consider him MMA fighter Greg Hardy and that’s how I’m going to approach what he’s bringing to the table.”

Hardy presently plays in the American Arena League with the Richmond Roughriders. The 29-year-old last played in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys in 2015.

He played his first five seasons in the league with the Carolina Panthers. His final campaign with the Panthers, he played in just one game after being placed on the Commissioner’s List due to a domestic violence charge involving his former girlfriend.

In his six-year career, he appeared in 75 games, including 52 starts. He had 165 tackles, 40.0 sacks, one interception, eight forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and 16 pass deflections.

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