Greg Hardy has decided to pursue a career in mixed martial arts.
The former Dallas Cowboys defensive end released a statement to MMAFighting.com, informing them of his decision to put football on hold. According to the report released on Tuesday morning, Hardy, who has no prior martial arts experience, has been training for several months now in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is currently in preparation to make his debut. According to his team, he weighs about 285 pounds and will compete at heavyweight. Several promotions have already reached out to him and have expressed interest in signing him.
“I'm very focused and excited to start my MMA career," Hardy said in the statement. "I'm going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that. I'm fully committed to being as successful as I can be in this sport.”
Hardy played for the Carolina Panthers for five seasons before being signed by the Cowboys in 2015. After that, the controversial 28-year-old went unsigned likely due to his domestic violence charges and arrest for cocaine possession.
His pursuit of MMA has been met with some backlash, however.