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Video: Former NFLer, UFC hopeful Greg Hardy wins MMA debut (but delivers late blow)

Former NFL player Greg Hardy now has a successful amateur-MMA debut under his belt.

The 29-year-old former Pro Bowler scored a 32-second knockout win over fellow amateur Joe Hawkins (0-1) at a regional show in Fort Pierce, Fla.

However, a referee was forced to pry Hardy (1-0), who delivered at least one punch after the official tried to halt the bout, off of his opponent.

Here’s the video:

ESPN.com, which covered the fight, recapped the former defensive end’s past:

“In 2014, Hardy’s NFL career took a turn for the worse when he was accused of domestic violence. He was initially suspended 10 games by the NFL in 2015 for “conduct detrimental to the league,” but that ruling was reduced to four games while he was a member of the Cowboys. Hardy contends that he never violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“Hardy’s six-year career included 165 tackles and 40 sacks in 75 games. He played one season with Dallas and five seasons with the Carolina Panthers.”

Hardy, who was arrested on felony possession of a controlled substance in 2016, apparently hasn’t ruled out an eventual return to the NFL, where he last played in 2015. For now, though, his focus is on MMA and desired UFC contract.

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“I’d be a fool to turn away from what I loved doing for so long,” Hardy, who trains with American Top Team, told ESPN.com. “But it’s a habit of an athlete, a player and a baller to put his whole heart and soul into what I’m doing.

“So the UFC has got my heart and soul. That’s where I’m going in my mind and my heart. Everything that I do is focused on this MMA career, so I’m coming.”

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Cody Garbrandt recaps this post-fight chat with T.J. Dillashaw, stands 'behind everything I said'

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NEW YORK – Cody Garbrandt wants to make a few things crystal clear: He’s the better fighter, and he doesn’t take back anything he said about new UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw heading into Saturday’s UFC 217 co-headliner.

He also wants a rematch.

But if you think a second meeting between the two rivals, who co-headlined at New York’s Madison Square Garden Arena in the year’s biggest pay-per-event, will be a little more civil the next time around, think again.

“I think I was being professional (heading into UFC 217) given the facts behind (the rivalry),” Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) said after his second-round knockout loss to Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC). “Still, I feel and think he’s a piece of (expletive) teammate. I stand beside my facts. He injured – he lies. Still. It doesn’t matter. Yeah, he won. Good for him.

“I’ll be back, and I’ll come with vengeance, and that belt’s going to be mine.”

It was a slightly harsher tone that the tweet he issued to his former Team Alpha Male teammate after the fight:

Live and Die by the sword! I will be back, thanks for all the love and support!! Congrats to @TJDillashaw

— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) November 5, 2017

Still, as he sometimes choked back tears during the post-event press conference, Garbrandt, who nearly ended the fight at the end of the first round, kept coming back to a central point.

“Hats off to T.J.” he said. “He battled back from losing his title, and he was a hungry man. But I say I’m the better fighter in there, and I’ll show that in the rematch.”

Immediately after the fight-ending barrage of punches, Garbrandt and Dillashaw had a brief chat (which was captured by this viral photo).

Does Garbrandt remember what was said?

“I don’t,” he said. “He probably just yelled some (expletive). He had a lot of (expletive) he was carrying on – with all of the drama. And I stand behind everything I said. He’s still not a good person, but I respect him as a fighter. And that’s that.

” … I stand behind everything that I said about T.J., but I give him respect for going out there and capitalizing on a mistake, but I truly am the better fighter, and I want that rematch. I’m willing to put in the work and do whatever it takes to get the title back because it was something I was born to do.”

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As for what’s next, Garbrandt didn’t have any immediate plans.

“If I have to fight and wipe out the whole (expletive) division, I will,” he said.

As for the big picture, he said he’s been in positions like this before. But he prefers not to dwell on the setbacks.

“I’ve been here before,” he said. “I’ve lost a lot in my life. I feel like if this is the worst thing that happens in my life, I’ve got a pretty good life.”

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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