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Video: Former NFL star Greg Hardy wins first MMA bout with 32-second knockout Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 27: Greg Hardy #76 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Greg Hardy played in the NFL for six seasons before being ostracized — and rightfully so — for a bevy of off the field issues – including domestic assault.

All-in-all Hardy was an extremely talented player, having made a Pro Bowl while notching two-straight 10-plus sack seasons with the Carolina Panthers, but he was never able to get himself in check off the field and he ultimately became more of a headache than what he was worth — especially for the Dallas Cowboys.

Hardy last played in the NFL in 2015, with the aforementioned Cowboys. Since then he’s been a relative unknown, but that was until he popped back on the radar as an MMA fighter.

The former NFL player is apparently now an MMA fighter, and he recently took part in a fight even called “Rise of a Warrior” in Florida, coming away victorious to start his professional fighting career with a knockout win.

Video of the fight can be seen below:

As can be seen above, Hardy — after initially getting knocked around a bit — fought back out of a tough spot and ended up pummeling his opponent. In fact, he had to be restrained by the official, which knowing his background isn’t exactly surprising, is it?

All-in-all it was an impressive fight by Hardy, but he likely won’t be in a UFC ring anytime soon. Though who knows, perhaps Dana White would like the publicity.

Andrew has been a sports writer since 2010, featured on Bleacher Report, 247Sports, Fansided and elsewhere. His work has also been seen on MSN, Forbes and in the LA Times. Andrew coached high school football for five years and writes about football, and just about anything, for Fanbuzz.
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