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Morning Report: UFC signee Greg Hardy injures knee in Arena football game

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The ink is barely dry on his UFC contract, and Greg Hardy might already have trouble.

On last week’s edition of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Hardy had a sensational professional fighting debut, knocking out Austen Lane in just 57 seconds. His performance was so good it earned him a UFC contract, with White saying he wanted to see the ex-NFL All-Pro back in competition as soon as possible. That might not happen for a while though as Hardy apparently injured his knee over the weekend in an Arena Football League game.

In a report by ESPN, Hardy suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of his game with the Richmond Roughriders on Saturday night. He is expected to get the knee examined by doctor’s sometime this week to determine the severity of the injury.

The injury is a mixed bag for the UFC. Though White is ready to see Hardy fight again, and the former NFL star has the potential to be a star in MMA, the UFC has already taken backlash to signing Hardy given the fighter’s well-documented history with domestic violence. In 2014, Hardy was convicted of assaulting and threatening his girlfriend. The charges were overturned on appeal as the victim no longer wished to testify. Not long after that, Hardy washed out of the NFL. He took up fighting in 2016 but has said he would abandon MMA if given a chance to return to the NFL.


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FINAL THOUGHTS

Another week in the books and an odd MMA weekend ahead with the Singapore card happening extra-early in the morning tomorrow. It is on FightPass though so for those of you with the service, I suggest you sleep in, read our coverage, and then go back and watch the good fights. Maximum efficiency, that’s what we’re all about here.

Thanks for reading and see y’all on Monday for the beginning of the new era of MMAFighting.com.


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