Former NFL star Greg Hardy made his MMA debut over the weekend at Rise of a Warrior 21 in Fort Pierce, Florida.
The 29-year old Hardy played for the Carolina Panthers before being found guilty of assaulting an ex-girlfriend, and sentenced to 18 months probation as well as being suspended for 10 games by the NFL.
Hardy signed as a free agent a one-year, $11.3 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys in 2015. He was then suspended for the first 10 games of the 2015 season without pay due to violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. The sentence was then reduced to four games.
In October 2016 Hardy announced that he was going to make his MMA debut.
He fought his first fight, defeating Joe Hawkins on Saturday night. The fight was declared a win by TKO 32-seconds into the fight.
Hardy has been conducting his MMA training at American Top Team.