Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
It appears that Greg Hardy will go from the NFL to MMA.
Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reports that Hardy has been working on the transition with training sessions over the past few months. The 28-year-old former member of the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys released a statement to the outlet about his decision.
"I'm very focused and excited to start my MMA career," Hardy said. "I'm going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that."
Hardy failed to land with an NFL team this past offseason after a highly controversial one-year stint with the Cowboys last year.
Hardy was found guilty on two counts of domestic violence, assaulting a female and communicating threats, in 2014 after an alleged incident involving ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder, per Jim Bradley of WSOC-TV.
David Newton of ESPN.com noted Hardy requested a jury trial on appeal, and the charges against him were dropped in February 2015 when the accuser couldn't be located to testify at trial. The district attorney's office stated it believed a civil settlement was reached based on "reliable information" it received.
The NFL suspended the defensive end for 10 games for "conduct detrimental to the league" following a two-month investigation into the situation. The ban was later reduced to four games by arbitrator Harold Henderson.
Hardy ended up playing 12 games for the Cowboys last season. He registered 35 combined tackles, six sacks, a forced fumble and an interception.
In September, TMZ Sports reported Hardy was arrested for cocaine possession after police found the substance in a wallet in his vehicle. He told police somebody else placed the drug in there while he was at a party the night before.
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