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Dana White open to Greg Hardy in UFC, but not as beginner

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, file photo, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy watches from the sideline during an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Arlington, Texas. Hardy tweeted "regret" on Saturday night, Nov. 7, after photos of his bruised ex-girlfriend from his domestic violence case were released by Deadspin a day earlier. Hardy said on Twitter that he "had to say I express my regret 4 what happened in past" and that he's "dedicated to being the best person & teammate that I can be." He also said he was grateful to still be playing in the NFL. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)
(AP Photo/Brandon Wade, File)

Unlike the vast majority of the MMA world, UFC President Dana White is not sour on the idea of former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy competing in MMA.

White would not even shut down the idea of Hardy perhaps competing in the UFC ranks one day, but it would certainly have to be one day in the future for White.

White wants to see if Hardy can actually compete at a high level in this sport like he did in the NFL.

People’s issue with Hardy moving to MMA stem from his issues outside of the sports world though as someone who was found guilty in a domestic violence case with his ex-girlfriend and as recently as this September was charged with possession of cocaine.

White is more willing to give forgiveness than others it appears.

“I’m one of those guys too who believes that we’re all human beings and we all make mistakes,” White said on FS1’s Speak for Yourself¬†(transcription via MMA Fighting). “And when you make a mistake, you pay your penance, whatever it might be, and you should be allowed to make a living and move on in your life. Is he good enough to come into the UFC and fight? I highly doubt it.

“I’ve been playing football for a couple weeks too, maybe I’ll try out for the (New England) Patriots?” White said. “It takes a little bit longer than that, but he could fight at one of these small shows. We’ll see how he looks, and I don’t know.

“I’m not saying he should be welcomed here, but I’m saying I’m a guy who believes that if you make a mistake, your life isn’t over, go kill yourself or something. You made a mistake, you pay for it. When you make mistakes, it’s all about how you act from there on out. How do you handle yourself after that and what do you do to fix it.”

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