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Video: Greg Hardy reacts to UFC contract — ‘I’m ready for the big show’

Not coincidentally, the big show is ready for him, too.

I was kinda hoping he was referring to the seven-foot, 400-pound wrestler, but alas, no.

Instead, former NFL standout Greg Hardy — who washed out of the league several years ago because of his checkered past — was commenting on his UFC contract awarded in the aftermath of his first-round knockout win over fellow gridiron veteran Austen Lane on Dana White’s “Contender Series” last Tuesday night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“It’s awesome news,” Hardy told ESPN. “Man, I’m having the time of my life and really enjoying it. I’m ready for the big show. I train with the best gym in the world, and I have full confidence and faith that those guys are there to get me ready for whatever comes next.”

What comes next is another fight on the mixed martial arts (MMA) regional circuit, as White said in his post-fight press scrum (watch it) that Hardy will need to compile more experience before wading into the deep waters of the UFC heavyweight division.

Until then, the heavyweight slugger’s resume speaks for itself, to the tune of four straight wins with four straight knockouts (three amateur, one professional), all of which have come in the very first round.

Expect to see Hardy back inside the cage sooner, rather than later.

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