Video: Former NFL star Greg Hardy gets 2nd amateur MMA win in 28 days

Former NFL player Greg Hardy is wasting no time getting his MMA career off the ground. On Friday he improved to 2-0 in amateur competition after scoring a 96-second TKO finish.

Hardy battered Kenneth Woods (0-1) to the quick finish at “American Kombat Alliance: Rite of Passage 2,” which took place at The Horseshoe Casino Riverdome in Bossier City, La., and streamed on FloCombat.

Watch the video of the stoppage below (via Twitter):

Prior to his debut fight on Nov. 4, which he won by 32-second knockout, ESPN.com, recapped Hardy’s troubled past.

“In 2014, Hardy’s NFL career took a turn for the worse when he was accused of domestic violence. He was initially suspended 10 games by the NFL in 2015 for “conduct detrimental to the league,” but that ruling was reduced to four games while he was a member of the Cowboys. Hardy contends that he never violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“Hardy’s six-year career included 165 tackles and 40 sacks in 75 games. He played one season with Dallas and five seasons with the Carolina Panthers.”

Hardy, who was arrested on felony possession of a controlled substance in 2016, apparently hasn’t ruled out an eventual return to the NFL, where he last played in 2015. For now, though, his focus is on MMA and desired UFC contract.

The power and athleticism of Hardy are undeniable, and will likely cause problems for many of the foes he encounters in the heavyweight division. If he continues to perform in the manner of his two fights so far, and keeps away from trouble outside the cage, it may not be long before a major MMA organization comes calling.

Hardy, who trains out of American Top Team in Florida, hasn’t revealed when he intends to turn pro.

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Video: Former NFLer, UFC hopeful Greg Hardy wins MMA debut (but delivers late blow)

Dann StuppFormer NFL player Greg Hardy now has a successful amateur-MMA debut under his belt.

The 29-year-old former Pro Bowler scored a 32-second knockout win over fellow amateur Joe Hawkins (0-1) at a regional show in Fort Pierce, Fla.

However, a referee was forced to pry Hardy (1-0), who delivered at least one punch after the official tried to halt the bout, off of his opponent.

Here’s the video:

ESPN.com, which covered the fight, recapped the former defensive end’s past:

“In 2014, Hardy’s NFL career took a turn for the worse when he was accused of domestic violence. He was initially suspended 10 games by the NFL in 2015 for “conduct detrimental to the league,” but that ruling was reduced to four games while he was a member of the Cowboys. Hardy contends that he never violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“Hardy’s six-year career included 165 tackles and 40 sacks in 75 games. He played one season with Dallas and five seasons with the Carolina Panthers.”

Hardy, who was arrested on felony possession of a controlled substance in 2016, apparently hasn’t ruled out an eventual return to the NFL, where he last played in 2015. For now, though, his focus is on MMA and desired UFC contract.

“I’d be a fool to turn away from what I loved doing for so long,” Hardy, who trains with American Top Team, told ESPN.com. “But it’s a habit of an athlete, a player and a baller to put his whole heart and soul into what I’m doing.

“So the UFC has got my heart and soul. That’s where I’m going in my mind and my heart. Everything that I do is focused on this MMA career, so I’m coming.”

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