Greg Hardy announced earlier this week that he would be stepping away from professional football for a while to try his hand out at MMA.
The controversial defensive end has decided he is going to be taking up MMA despite his lack of experience. However, many have questioned if the 28-year-old deserves the opportunity due to his past.
One of those people is someone who could potentially be Hardy's employer in the future if he is able to progress to a top standard, UFC president Dana White.
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White said on FS1’s Speak for Yourself, via MMAFighting.com: “I’m one of those guys too who believes that we’re all human beings and we all make mistakes. And when you make a mistake, you pay your penance, whatever it might be, and you should be allowed to make a living and move on in your life. Is he good enough to come into the UFC and fight? I highly doubt it.
“I’ve been playing football for a couple weeks too, maybe I’ll try out for the Patriots? It takes a little bit longer than that, but he could fight at one of these small shows. We’ll see how he looks, and I don’t know.”
Others, however, haven't been as open towards having Hardy in their sport, as FOX’s Jay Glazer, who also trains NFL players in MMA, has requested to those who train the sport to turn the defensive end away.
The Pro Bowler wanted to guarantee others that he will do things properly, as he said in his 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."
We'll have to wait and see if he is able to convince people he is taking the sport seriously, but to an extent where White comes calling may be a little bit of a stretch.