Greg Hardy, the defensive end who reached All-Pro status during his time with the Dallas Cowboys but later found himself out of football after being convicted of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, has announced his debut as an MMA fighter.
The low-key revelation came from Hardy's Twitter account in response to a follower's query (h/t Ryan Thomas of MMA Today). It appears the debut will take place November 4 in the Rise of a Warrior promotion, which is based in Florida.
Hardy, 29, has never competed in a sanctioned MMA bout. About a year ago, he announced his desire to transition from football to cage fighting. Hardy has been training with the prestigious American Top Team camp in Coconut Creek, Florida, home to standout fighters like Tyron Woodley, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jorge Masvidal.
In 2014 Hardy was found guilty of assaulting a woman and sentenced to 18 months probation and 60 days suspended jail time. He played for Dallas in the 2015 season but was not re-signed in the NFL thereafter.