Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy wasted little time in his LFA debut picking up a victory.
Greg Hardy returned to Dallas, Texas and had a very short night at the office.
The former Dallas Cowboy needed only 14-seconds to knock out Ryan Chester in his LFA debut on Friday night. The amateur heavyweight bout took place at LFA 33 during the preliminary card, which took place at The Bomb Factory.
“It’s a rush,” Hardy said following the victory. “There is nothing like it. Nothing like a knockout. One of the most incredible feelings I ever had. Every second (of training) is worth it. I wish I could do more.”
The former NFL defensive end, who played six seasons in the NFL, five with the Carolina Panthers and one with the Cowboys, entered the cage to a mix of cheers and boos as he faced the Dallas native Chester. He silenced the haters very quickly and decisively as Hardy improved his mixed martial arts record to 3-0, with all three victories taking place via knockout in the opening round. The 29-year-old made his MMA debut back in November, finishing Joe Hawkins in just over 30 seconds. Less than a month later, Hardy moved to 2-0 with another first-round finish of Kenneth Woods, who was making his amateur debut.
Hardy has had his troubles with the law, which lead to an abrupt end to his NFL career. He is a phenomenal athlete that, despite having some great years on the gridiron, never lived up to his full potential during his off the field troubles. Hardy may have found his outlet with the sport of mixed martial arts to reach that athletic potential.
There was no immediate statement given on Hardy’s behalf in regards to his next move. He is still very new to the sport, but in a division such as heavyweight, Hardy may feel his next challenge will be at the professional level. One would assume that Bellator MMA and the UFC were keeping tabs on the former footballer turned MMA fighter.