Former NFL star Greg Hardy will reportedly step back in the Octagon for his second UFC fight next month.
Per ESPN.com's Ariel Helwani, Hardy is expected to fight Dmitrii Smoliakov at the UFC Fight Night event on April 27.
Hardy made his UFC debut in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 143 on Jan. 19 against Allen Crowder. The former Pro Bowl defensive end was disqualified in the second round for hitting an illegal knee strike.
It was the first defeat of Hardy's brief mixed martial arts career in four matches. Smoliakov has lost each of his two fights in UFC after an 8-0 record in other promotions. His last appearance was a TKO loss to Cyril Asker at UFC Fight Night 103 in January 2017.
He was arrested in May 2014 on charges of assault and communicating threats to an ex-girlfriend. A jury found him guilty of both charges, and he was sentenced to 18 months probation, but the charges were dismissed on appeal after the victim didn't appear in court.
Hardy won his first three MMA matches either via knockout or TKO, including two in Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series.