The UFC president said Hardy (3-0) would fight Allen Crowder (9-3) on UFC Fight Night on Jan. 19, according to ESPN.
Contract details are reportedly being finalized.
Hardy was awarded a UFC developmental contract by White after recording a 57-second knockout over fellow ex-NFL player Austen Lane in his professional debut on the "Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series" in June. He's since fought twice more, winning by first-round knockout both times.
At least one participant in the show is offered a multi-fight deal by UFC at the end of each episode.
Hardy made the Pro Bowl and was second-team All-Pro as a member of the Panthers in 2013. The 30-year-old was arrested in 2014 after allegedly assaulting his ex-girlfriend and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge in 2016.
--Field Level Media