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UFC: Greg Hardy's MMA debut receives mixed reviews on Twitter - NFL
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Ex-NFL player Greg Hardy was awarded a contract with the UFC after scoring a first-round knockout in his professional MMA debut Tuesday night. The Knockout was vicious and Dana White jumped out of his chair seeing that KO. Greg Hardy, the former NFL player whose promising career fizzled after charges of domestic violence and continued behavioral issues. The 29-year-old former defensive end last played in the NFL in 2015, and after pivoting to MMA the following year, he went 3-0 as an amateur, all by first-round knockout.

UFC: Greg Hardy's MMA debut receives mixed reviews on Twitter - NFL

Hardy was sentenced in 2014 by a North Carolina judge to 18 months’ probation, with a 60-day jail sentence suspended, after he was found guilty of assaulting a female and communicating threats. A member of the Carolina Panthers at the time, the 2013 Pro Bowler had been accused by an ex-girlfriend of using physical force against her after they had a night of drinking, and of putting his hands around her neck and threatening to kill her.

Hardy denied assaulting the woman and claimed that she suffered bruises while hurling herself into a bathtub in his apartment after he said he wouldn’t sleep with her, and that she threatened to kill herself if she left his building. He appealed and asked for a jury trial, and the case against him was dismissed in February 2015 after the woman failed to appear in court, with prosecutors suggesting that Hardy had privately reached a financial settlement with her.

So, seeing his history of domestic violence it’s natural for him to receive hate from MMA and Football fans in general. Twitter was filled with Mixed reactions and reviews.

NFL columnist and author Mike Freeman went as far as calling Greg Hardy a Garbage Human.

Meanwhile, Dana White was so excited for Hardy’s debut that it looked like it was hard for him to hide his excitement.

UFC fighter James Vick tweeted in support of Greg Hardy stating that there is nothing wrong with Hardy a second chance in his life.

Whether people like Hardy or not, it will be interesting to see how things work out for him and how will fans approach him as he moves forward fighting big fights and gets more media coverage.

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