After failing to join a new team following his one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys, Greg Hardy has publicly announced that instead of continuing his NFL career he has now decided to begin pursuing a career in MMA.
“I’m very focused and excited to start my MMA career,” Hardy said in a statement, according to MMA Fighting. “I’m going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that.”
Hardy is already 28 and has little background in martial arts or combat training.
He has reportedly been training in MMA already for several months with his team saying that multiple promotions have expressed interest in signing him to make his pro fighting debut.
Hardy stands 6’4″ and his team says he is about 285 pounds right now, automatically ruling out any weight division besides heavyweight where he would have to cut weight to even make that 265 limit.
Hardy’s NFL career came with much controversy as he was found guilty of assaulting an ex-girlfriend — an incident that kept him out of the majority of the 2014 NFL season.
The aftermath of that also fell into the 2015 season where he had to miss his first four games as part of a suspension that stemmed from the assault.
He was originally supposed to miss 10 games for his suspension, but it was reduced.
Most recently, Hardy was arrested and given a charge for cocaine possession in September.
Hardy and his team expect his first professional fight to take place sometime in 2017.
“I’m fully committed to being as successful as I can be in this sport,” Hardy said.