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Report: Recent UFC signee Greg Hardy gets injured playing arena football

It looks like the UFC’s most recent heavyweight signing may not be able to compete in the Octagon for a while.

After former NFL player Greg Hardy won his way into the UFC with a knockout victory on the Tuesday Night Contender Series, UFC president Dana White stated that he wanted Hardy back in the cage as soon as possible.

Unfortunately for him, a reported injury he picked up while playing arena football might change those plans.

According to ESPN, Hardy suffered a knee injury in the first quarter of his game with the Richmond Roughriders of the American Arena League. He is going to have the knee examined in the next few days, which will clear up the nature and severity of the injury.

Hardy (1-0) defeated fellow former NFL player Austen Lane via knockout early in the first round of his pro debut. The UFC was criticized for giving Hardy, who has been convicted on domestic violence charges in the past, a chance to fight for the organization. He played in the NFL from 2010 to 2015.

Before his bout White defended Hardy, saying that “everyone deserves a second chance.” Hardy called White “an angel” for granting him the opportunity.