Former NFL standout Greg Hardy has so far found success in his transition to mixed martial arts. Prior to his scheduled UFC debut on Saturday night against Allen Crowder, he had already set up three stop wins to start his MMA career.
However, the Hardy's May's Octagon appearance did not end well for him as he remedied a disqualification by blatantly throwing a knee strike while Crowder was still down on the mat. However, UFC President Dana White remains free against his debut heavyweight.
"One thing that I learned about Hardy tonight, he can fight," White told reporters in his post fight scrum. "He can fight, he is an athlete, not only can he beat hard, but he can take a big blow. He was hit with some good shots tonight, his basic game, I think everyone thought he was taken down to the ground that should be the end of him.
"He came out of trouble on the ground several times and he learned a lot tonight."
The UFC has been criticized for its decision to sign Hardy merged with domestic violence in 201
"Yes, he gets another fight," White said of Hardy. "He made a really big rookie error and it gave him a L tonight. It ruined his perfect record. "
Hardy drops now to a professional record of 3-1, where all three wins finish at the stop.