Troubled NFL Star Pursuing MMA Career


Controversial defensive end Greg Hardy is leaving football to chase a career in mixed martial arts.

According to MMA Fighting, the 28-year old pro bowler will be moving to MMA, and plans to fight next year.

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"I'm very focused and excited to start my MMA career," Hardy said in a statement to MMA Fighting. "I'm going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that."

Hardy is close to 285 pounds, so he'd need to cut about 20 pounds to make the heavyweight limit. 

Hardy missed most of 2014 after a domestic violence incident with his girlfriend. That incident would also sideline him for the first four games due to a suspension, one that was originally 10-games until arbitrator reduced it.

Hardy was arrested for cocaine possession last month, and has been unable to land with an NFL team this season.

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