Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy is still trying to reach his dreams of making it as a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter.
The troubled star — who was accused of beating up his ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, in 2014 — didn’t re-sign with an NFL team after getting let go by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2015 season.
With his dance card opening up, Hardy starting honing his combat skills with the help of famed camp, American Top Team (ATT). For Greg, who is listed at 6’4″ and 278 pounds, getting choked out and tossed around the mat is a humbling experience and has helped him reflect and channel his past mistakes and improve on his problems as a human being.
“It’s helped me a lot of ways,” Hardy said Monday on The MMA Hour via MMA Fighting. “I have a lot of problems as a human being. It’s not something that you do, just walking around saying ‘I’m perfect’ or ‘I’m good.’ Man, I have a lot of different issues that I’m definitely working through and working on,” said Hardy.
“I would say this helps me channel everything. It helps me just come back down to Earth, be humble, because these are machines that I see everyday. I get choked out, punched in the face, and laid out on the mat daily, and that’s not something that a guy my size and my stature with my history has every come across,” he admitted.
“It’s a humbling experience, man,” he continued. “Actually, it’s making me really appreciative of everything that I’ve had and everything that I have, and the opportunity that I have to kinda come in and show myself as a guy that is not what everybody says on TV, or, ‘he’s not a monster, he’s not a killer, a women beater,’ this, that and the other. It gives me an opportunity to just come in, be a humble guy, and learn, and honestly just be at the feet of all these champions who walk around like they’re just normal guys … and have the opportunity to make myself better one more time, one last time in sports and life in general.”
While Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White isn’t too keen giving “Kraken” a chance inside the cage — at least not before he proves himself — his training partner and former Heavyweight title challenger, Antonio Silva, thinks Hardy has a chance to make some noise on the biggest MMA stage of all.
Time will tell.
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