Greg Hardy impressed UFC President Dana White in his first professional fight.
The former NFL defensive team won a UFC contract on Tuesday evening knocking out another former football player, Austen Lane, at the season's premiere of White's "Tuesday Night Contender Series". Hardy's win came in just 57 seconds into the target fight and drew a priceless response from White.
Hardy, who spent six seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys, won every one of his three amateur fights over first-round knock-outs before his impressive professional debut. It is clear that he has some potential, so White decided to offer him a UFC contract after winning on Tuesday.
Of course, no conversation about Hardy is complete without acknowledging his checkered past, which includes disgusting domestic assault charges that made him miss the time in the NFL. He's a very controversial new signing for the UFC, but the 29-year-old has not been in trouble lately and White is ready to throw the dice.
"People always make mistakes, and the thing about mistakes is, how do you recover from that?" How do you act after you've done something bad? "White said via MMAJunkie.com. "This guy has paid his fees, and as I said, he's bottomed out, he's rebuilt, he's going out there, and he's struggling in these amateur fights where he's not being paid, so he came here and I think so 'He's made $ 10,000 and $ 10,000.' He's working his way up the ladder, doing the right things, he has no drugs, he has alcohol and he's trying to change his life.
"You can point your finger at a guy you want, but you can not look down on a guy who's been trying to turn his life around and try to be a better person, and I think he does that does. "
No matter what you think of Hardy, there is one thing that everyone probably agrees on: The guy has a powerful punch that was on full view on Tuesday night.
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