Greg Hardy gets UFC deal after 57-second KO in pro MMA debut

Greg Hardy gets UFC deal after 57-second KO in pro MMA debut
LAS VEGAS -- Ex-NFL player Greg Hardy was awarded a contract with the UFC after scoring a first-round knockout in his professional MMA debut Tuesday, UFC president Dana White said. White made the announcement during the broadcast of the "Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series," shortly after Hardy, 29, knocked out Austen Lane (2-0) in just 57 seconds in their heavyweight bout. Details of Hardy's contract were not immediately known. Hardy, of Millington, Tennessee, dropped Lane to his knee with a straight right hand. Lane, a former NFL player himself, immediately popped to his feet, only to eat a follow-up left hook that ended the fight. Fighting out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, Hardy went 3-0 as an amateur, with three first-round knockouts. The UFC's decision to offer Hardy an opportunity on the contender series has been met with some criticism because of Hardy's past. He was exiled from the NFL in 2015... 
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