Greg Hardy knocks out Austen Lane in UFC fight

Michael David Smith
ProFootball Talk on NBC Sports

In a UFC matchup of two former NFL defensive ends, Greg Hardy knocked out Austen Lane in less than a minute.

Hardy, making his professional mixed martial arts debut after previously winning three amateur fights, needed just 57 seconds to knock out Lane, who was 4-0 as an MMA fighter heading into the fight.

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The knockout victory makes it virtually certain that the UFC will give Hardy more fights, and in bigger venues than tonight’s fight, which was part of the UFC’s minor-league “Contender Series.” Hardy clearly has a future in the UFC.

“This means everything. It’s awesome. I don’t really have the words,” Hardy said afterward. “I got lucky, came in, did what I was supposed to do and it worked out.”

The UFC has taken criticism for signing Hardy, whose NFL career is best remembered for a domestic violence incident that ended his tenure with the Panthers. But the UFC isn’t apologizing, and Hardy appears to be in the UFC to stay.

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