Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White tonight (Tues., June 12, 2018) gave former NFL defensive lineman Greg Hardy a shot to earn a deal with the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion despite his deeply troubled past. And after watching him do his thing on the season premier of Dana White’s “Tuesday Night Contender Series,” White had quite the emotional reaction.
That’s because Hardy absolutely crushed his opponent, Austen Lane, via first round knockout, clipping his fellow former gridiron giant with a crushing right hand and following it up with a devastating left hook to put him down for the count.
And it took just 57 seconds.
Here’s video of White’s aforementioned reaction to the brutal finish:
Here’s the reaction from the guys up front .... pic.twitter.com/QFCN5MquwG— UFC (@ufc) June 13, 2018
Hardy will more than likely next take his cage fighting talents to the Octagon for the foreseeable future following his successful debut. And since we’re only halfway through 2018, don’t be surprised to see him again before year’s end.
And it’s all because a so-called “angel” gave him a second chance.
The former Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys defensive end was accused of domestic violence and subsequently charged, which kept him off the gridiron in 2014. The following year, he was arrested for possession of cocaine. With no team showing interest in signing the troubled player, Hardy opted to pursue an MMA career, amassing a perfect amateur record (3-0) prior to his successful professional debut this evening.