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MMA News: Former NFL player Greg Hardy moving to MMA

The controversial defensive end is expected to fight as a heavyweight.

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy is transitioning to the world of mixed martial arts, after putting his NFL career on hold according to mmafighting.com and has begun preparing for his debut.

The 28-year old, who has been training in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for several months, has already received many offers from promotions looking to sign him.

In a statement to mmafighting.com, Hardy said that he was very focused and ready to begin his MMA career. The statement further detailed that Hardy is going about the massive task in the right way.

"I'm going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that.”

The Former NFL player was on a one-year deal with The Cowboys and does not have a substantial background in martial arts. Nonetheless, Hardy said that he was committed to being successful in the sport.

Prior to his stint at the Cowboys, Hardy was a member of the Carolina Panthers, where he missed most of the season after being placed on the commissioner's omission list after a domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend.

Although the charges were dropped and Hardy’s record was cleared, Deadspin released photos in November of 2015 from the night of the incident between Hardy and his ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder that showed bruising to her back, jaw and feet.

Hardy had played for the Panthers for 5 years before signing the deal with the Cowboys and was unable to land a spot with his new team during the off-season. To add to the controversy he was also arrested on a cocaine possession charge in the Dallas suburbs of Richmond last month and was released on a $5,000 bond the next day.

Hardy was a Pro Bowl selection in 2013 when he had a career-best 15 sacks and has registered 40 in his career.

The controversial former defensive end reportedly weighs 285 pounds and is expected to fight in the heavyweight division, most likely in 2017.

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