A former pro footballer is making significant strides in the fight business. Ex-NFL star Greg Hardy scored an impressive TKO victory over Maurice Greene on Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 39. Hardy dropped Greene with a massive right hand, dropping the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter on the ground.
The former 2nd team All-Pro then pounced on his downed opponent with a ferocious attack. Greene tried his best to get out of his vulnerable state, but couldn’t stop the rain of strikes. This forced referee Herb Dean to stop the fight at 1:12 mark of the second round.
Unquestionable power! 😤@GregHardyJr sits Greene down on a jab and doesn't let up.
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Hardy was aggressive from the get go of the opening round, forcing Greene to back up early. A hard hit from the one-time Pro-Bowler forced the fight to get to the ground.
Greene was able to weather the early storm. However, that didn’t last long as Hardy’s power proved to be the difference maker in the fight.
The win improved Hardy’s MMA record to 7-2, with his UFC mark now standing at 4-2. Likewise, he is now a winner in three of his last four bouts.
Hardy is certainly new to the fight scene after moving on from a six-year career in the NFL. But he’s showing that he is making significant improvements with every fight. This standout win should definitely turn heads toward the former defensive end.
Greg Hardy actually didn’t make weight during the official weigh-ins. Initially coming in at 266.5 pounds, he was given an hour to shed the extra weight. Hardy successfully made weight on his second try, tipping the scale at 264.5 pounds.