Former Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy is leaving his first professional MMA fight with a UFC contract.
UFC president Dana White announced the decision after Hardy's 57-second TKO victory over former NFL DE Austen Lane on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. Hardy had a 3-0 amateur record coming into this fight.
"When you look at a guy like Hardy, Hardy has no experience," White said after the fights. "Tonight was his first professional fight. But, man, he can punch and obviously there's a lot more to that guy. So what we're gonna do is we're actually going to bring Hardy in and give him a (contract). This guy needs to get some more experience and we'll figure out how to do that. We've done this before."
The 57-second win is the third longest fight of Hardy's MMA career. The quickest was a 14-second knockout at The Bomb Factory in Dallas during at Legacy Fighting Alliance 33.
Hardy, who last played for the Cowboys in 2015, was suspended 10 games (reduced to four) by the league for domestic violence. Cowboys officials -- who were criticized for giving him a one-year deal -- grew tired of his actions on and off the field.