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Greg Hardy facing ex-NFL player Austen Lane in pro MMA debut

Hardy was suspended for 10 games in 2014 for assaulting his girlfriend and hasn't played another down in the NFL since 2015. He's won three amateur fights since starting his career.


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Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy will fight against another former NFL'er in Austen Lane on June 12 in his professional MMA debut, at the UFC-affiliated Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series.

 

Hardy was suspended for 10 games in 2014 for assaulting his girlfriend and hasn't played another down in the NFL since 2015. He's won three amateur fights since starting his career.

At the end of the day, when we go in the cage, we're just going to be two fighters. 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

Austen Lane
MMA fighter

Already a professional, Lane has won his first four fights in MMA. He last with the Chicago Bears for his last NFL season, in 2014. He also clocked time for the Detroit Lions and Jacksonville Jaguars.

 

Fighters competing on White's Contender Series are not guaranteed UFC contracts. However, during Season 1,  White usually chose one or two competitors from each episode with a shot in the MMA's top league.

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