Enter Greg Hardy
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Yesterday, MMA did not take a break, as there was the season premeire of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series (wow that's a mouthful), where prospects fought in front of the boss in hopes of making it to the UFC. Well, two contracts were given. One of those contracts was that of the polarizing, controversial former NFL Pro-Bowler Greg Hardy, who took 57 seconds to dismantle his co-former NFL player opponent. So, like him or not, Greg Hardy is going to fight in the UFC (at some point).
Hardy was a freak athlete in the NFL, a sport full of freak athletes, so seeing him transition into MMA is a glimpse into the potential future of the sport. There are only a few truly elite athletes in the sport, with names like Yoel Romero coming to mind.Some may say Jon Jones, but it is important to remember he has two brothers that play in the NFL, so he's likely the most nonathletic of the bunch. In that sense, the sky could be the limit for Hardy.
However, there is a reason an athletic, dominant player like he was is not still in the NFL getting paid millions of dollars. He was convicted on domestic violence charges, and it does not sit well with sports fans, including those that watch people beat each other up in a cage. While Dana White believes that he deserves a second chance, Greg Hardy will have to work hard to prove that he is worthy of this chance. He has to remain on the straight and narrow, and if he slips, he will likely be cut, setting back his potential future in the sport.
Again, like him or not, Greg Hardy has arrived. After the fight, Dana White did not make it clear whether or not Hardy would immediately be inserted into the roster. If not, he will continue to hone his skills on the regional circuit until Daddy Dana think its time. Regardless of whether he will be in the roster right away or not, it is clear that, assuming he stays out of legal trouble, Hardy will put on the gloves and throw down in the octagon in the relatively near future.