This former NFL star was back at it again.
Former NFL star Greg Hardy has walked a troubled road in his young life, that has now led him to the world of mixed martial arts (MMA).
This leads us to LFA 33 in Dallas on Friday where he made his promotional debut by scoring a knock out over Ryan Chester in 14 seconds in a heavyweight preliminary bout. If the video doesn’t play, please click here.
If you recall, Hardy was able to score his first victory as a cage fighter in early November and returned in December for his second first-round knockout in MMA competition. He has made great strides in MMA after making the decision to start training with American Top Team.
Now, he is in one of the leading organizations for young talent. That promotion is the LFA, which historically has sent numerous talents such as Cynthia Calvillo, Eryk Anders, Rashad Coulter and Dominick Reyes to the UFC.
The event, which aired on AXS-TV, was headlined by a pair of unbeaten welterweights as Kyle Stewart faces Jaleel Willis.
Hardy spoke with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour (Mon. February 27, 2017) to discuss how the move to American Top Team has helped him grow as a human being (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“It’s helped me a lot of ways,” Hardy said. “I have a lot of problems as a human being. It’s not something that you do, just walking around saying ‘I’m perfect’ or ‘I’m good.’ Man, I have a lot of different issues that I’m definitely working through and working on. I would say this helps me channel everything. It helps me just come back down to Earth, be humble, because these are machines that I see everyday. I get choked out, punched in the face, and laid out on the mat daily, and that’s not something that a guy my size and my stature with my history has every come across.
“It’s a humbling experience, man,” he continued. “Actually, it’s making me really appreciative of everything that I’ve had and everything that I have, and the opportunity that I have to kinda come in and show myself as a guy that is not what everybody says on TV, or, ‘he’s not a monster, he’s not a killer, a women beater,’ this, that and the other.
It gives me an opportunity to just come in, be a humble guy, and learn, and honestly just be at the feet of all these champions who walk around like they’re just normal guys … and have the opportunity to make myself better one more time, one last time in sports and life in general.”
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