We’ve seen it on a few occasions where NFL players have made the transition from the top American football league to the world of MMA, for better and for worse results. Most recently, former defensive end for the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys, Greg Hardy has made the leap over and quickly found success. Hardy is undefeated at 2-0 with both of his wins coming by way of knockout(both under a minute and thirty-six seconds).
Hardy is only twenty-nine years old but played six seasons in the NFL(although one of those seasons he only played one game in due to getting suspended for his domestic violence case). Now, MMAFighting reports that he is set to for his biggest fight on his biggest stage so far when he takes on the 2-1, Ryan Chester at Legacy Fighting Alliance(LFA) 33 on February 16 in his third amateur Heavyweight bout.
LFA is Hardy’s biggest MMA stage so far as it broadcasts its events on AXS-TV. Hardy trains with one of MMA’s best gyms in American Top Team which really gives him the possibility to reach his full potential as a fighter considering his great athletism and talent a sportsman. Other big-name NFL players who have transitioned into the MMA world include the likes of legendary running back, Herschel Walker who began fighting at age forty-seven and still found success. Walker only fought twice, but he still was able to win both outings by TKO which is crazy by itself.
Many have already speculated and pondered how long it will take or whether or not Hardy will be able to one day make his way to the UFC or perhaps a more likely option in Bellator. Of course, who knows how soon that could be as Hardy is still fighting as an amateur so even if he keeps winning, he’ll need to turn pro before we can really start to wonder.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/2/2018.