Greg Hardy is currently a free agent in the NFL after the Dallas Cowboys decided not to re-sign him this past offseason, so he has decided to take up another sport.
The controversial defensive end has decided to place his football career on hold for the time being, and take up mixed martial arts instead, according to MMA Fighting.
Yes you read that correctly, the 28-year-old is going to be taking up MMA despite his lack of experience.
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The report from MMA Fighting says that Hardy has been training in MMA for the past couple of months in Dallas-Fort Worth area, and several promotions have already expressed an interest in signing him up.
He said in a statement: "I'm very focused and excited to start my MMA career. I'm going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that."
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Hardy currently weighs in at approximately 285 pounds according to his team, and he is expected to fight in the heavyweight division. His debut is expected to come at some point in 2017.
However, it was only last month that the former Cowboys defensive end was arrested in the Dallas suburb of Richardson for cocaine possession. This will obviously play a factor into which promotions go for him and how much they offer. Don't expect UFC to go anywhere near him anytime soon.
Prior to joining Dallas, Hardy spent five seasons with the Carolina Panthers, which was where he had his best season in 2013 when he recorded 15 sacks and earned a Pro Bowl selection. Despite his skill, previous suspensions and troubles in the past have made it difficult for a team to sign the Pro Bowler this season, hence the career change.
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