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Knockout Streak Expected to End on Greg Hardy MMA Odds

UFC Contract Awarded to Greg Hardy

Training with American Top Team looks to be paying off for Greg Hardy. The former NFL star wowed observers earlier this week in his first professional MMA fight, knocking out Austen Lane in just 57 seconds, and now sits as a +240 wager to win his next pro fight by KO or TKO on the Greg Hardy MMA odds.

All eyes were on Hardy as he entered the octagon for his tilt with Lane on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series at the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas. Pegged as a narrow -125 favorite in his pro MMA debut, Hardy wasted no time ending Lane’s night with a punch that brought those in attendance, including White, to their feet.

The former defensive end with the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys earned a spot on White’s weekly series after dominating in three previous amateur outings, finishing each of those contests with first-round victories, capped by a stunning one-punch knockout of Ryan Chester just 14 seconds into their Legacy Fighting Alliance 33 clash on February 16.

Following Tuesday night’s victory, Hardy received a UFC contract from White, setting the stage for the former Pro Bowler to take his impressive punching skills to the biggest stage in mixed martial arts.

It remains unclear who Hardy will face in his next visit to the octagon. However, White has reportedly stated that he expects the 29-year-old to have a scheduled fight in approximately two months.

Hardy is expected to continue training with American Top Team, which includes among its members such notables as reigning UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, and Colby Covington, who ascended to the interim welterweight title with a unanimous decision win over Rafael do Anjos as -150 chalk last weekend at UFC 225.


Hardy UFC Signing Has Caused Some Controversy

While Hardy is in good company in the gym, many observers have questioned the wisdom of White’s decision to sign Hardy, whose run-ins with the law directly contributed to the demise of his NFL career.

Hardy faced an array of criminal charges stemming from an alleged assault of his ex-girlfriend in May 2014. After being found guilty of assault and communicating threats, Hardy successfully appealed his conviction, and saw the charges subsequently dropped when his ex-girlfriend failed to appear in court.

But that did not get Hardy out of hot water with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who handed the former All-American a 10-game suspension, which was eventually reduced to a four-game penalty served at the start of the 2015 campaign, his last in the NFL.

Hardy has also been the subject of criticism by UFC fighters, most notably heavyweight Derrick Lewis, who expressed his dislike for the former football player in post-fight comments, and his concerns that Hardy “had hit (his girlfriend) like that”.

Lewis also expressed his motivation for “fighting guys like that”, raising the possibility of a future clash with Hardy. With knockout wins in six of his past eight fights, Lewis would likely dominate on the Greg Hardy UFC odds.

Regardless of who he faces next, Hardy is not expected to claim a fifth straight knockout victory, with the odds on Greg Hardy’s next MMA fight ending with any other result pegged at a short -300.


*Odds as of June 15, 2018

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