Greg Hardy to make pro MMA debut on Dana White’s ‘Contender Series’


Greg Hardy will make his pro mixed martial arts debut on an upcoming episode of the Contender Series.

Controversial former NFL star Greg Hardy will be getting an opportunity to impress Dana White and, perhaps, earn himself a quick shot at the UFC.

Hardy will make his professional mixed martial arts debut on the June 12 Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series event, taking on Brandon Sayles in a heavyweight matchup. FanSided has confirmed an initial report from MMA Today.

The former Carolina Panther and Dallas Cowboy defensive end previously announced his intentions of focusing on the combat sports, leading to his involvement with the highly acclaimed American Top Team gym in Coconut Creak, Florida.

Since the, Hardy compiled to an impressive start in his MMA career, making a seamless transition from football. Hardy had a 3-0 amateur run, all first round knockouts. Most recently, he took on Ryan Chester at LFA 33 in February. Hardy would go on to make short work of his opponent on the nationally televised broadcast, finishing Chester in just 14-seconds.

Sayles, a fighter out of Fort Benning, GA, will bring a 5-1 record into the fight. After losing his only professional fight against former UFC and Bellator veteran Chase Gormley in 2012, Sayles would return to the sport five years later. He has been on a tear since coming back to the sport, winning his last three fights, all by finish. He will certainly bring a huge experience edge when he takes on the heavy handed former professional football player on June 12.

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series debuted on UFC Fight Pass last year and awarded 16 UFC contracts, along with a developmental deal. The first season of DWTNCS featured one of the organization’s fast-rising stars in Sean O’Malley.

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