Greg Hardy wants to be known as a multi-sport star.
Hardy is a former NFL Pro Bowl pass-rusher who accumulated 40 career sacks in six seasons before he bounced out of the league due to character concerns largely stemming from being found guilty of assaulting an ex-girlfriend in 2014.
The one-time three-sport, high school letterman in football, basketball and track has since transitioned into an MMA career, tallying a 7-3 record in the UFC since 2018, with six of those wins coming by knockout.
Hardy’s most recent bout on Dec. 19, however, ended with a loss to Marcin Tybura via second-round stoppage as he succumbed to a vicious ground and pound.
The 32-year-old Hardy apparently is more comfortable fighting on his feet, as he’s declared that a future career in boxing is on the horizon.
“After I get done shutting this down, handling my MMA business, I want to venture into the boxing realm,” said Hardy. “I’m trying to holler at [UFC president] Dana [White]. Hopefully we can get some fights in the Zuffa Boxing world, Top Rank, Al Haymon — somebody come holler at this dude because I definitely want to go over there and knock out ‘The Gypsy King’ [Tyson Fury], make light work of that English cat [Anthony] Joshua, or whatever it is, ‘Cry-baby Bomber’ [Deontay Wilder]. We’ll knock all those guys out, man.
Hardy is certainly talking a big game calling out the three best heavyweights in the world before even lacing on a pair of gloves.
Hardy stands at 6 foot 5 inches and weighed 266 pounds in his last fight.
He certainly has the size, but does he have the skills to compete in the sweet science?
“Of course, you know I’m going to work for it. It’s an aspiration I think will come true real fast, and I can’t wait for it,” said Hardy.
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