The continuation of the Greg Hardy MMA saga may have to be put on hold.
ESPN is reporting that the former NFL defensive end for the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys has sustained a knee injury in an arena football game that took place this past Saturday.
The now unbeaten MMA fighter, Hardy is also currently still playing American football but instead of for an NFL team, for the Richmond Roughriders, a team in the American Arena League.
Hardy suffered the injury in the very first quarter of the game and is expected to have doctors examine his knee sometime in the next so many days. How bad of an injury it is remains to be determined.
Just this last week Hardy won his pro-MMA debut on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series by knocking out a fellow former NFL player in Austen Lane just under a minute. To make the timing even worse for Hardy, he was granted a developmental UFC contract for his win.
Since that fateful Tuesday, there has been plenty of backlash surrounding White’s decision to sign Hardy due to his dark past of domestic violence. Top 10 ranked UFC flyweight and domestic violence survivor, Jessica-Rose Clark, who will be fighting this Saturday at UFC Singapore, even spoke out against the Hardy signing this past week.
“What stops [Hardy] from going and doing it to the next girlfriend? I promise you that wasn’t the first girlfriend that he did that too. But he didn’t get punished for that one, either. He didn’t get punished for the first ones, and he didn’t get punished for that one, and now he’s going to be televised on one of the largest broadcasts in the world, for one of the most popular sports in the world. What’s stopping him from doing it to every girl that comes into contact with him?”
Regardless of how severe Hardy’s injury is, it wasn’t likely that his next fight would be in the UFC anyway as he’s only had one fight professionally. But as we know now in 2018’s MMA world…crazier things have happened.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/21/2018