Former Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy is now 2-0 in his professional mixed martial arts career.
Hardy defeated Tebaris Gordon during Dana White's Contender Series 16 that aired Tuesday from the Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas.
Tuesday's fight was the first of a four-fight contract Hardy has with UFC's parent company, Zuffa, even though it wasn't considered an official UFC fight, Helwani reported.
Despite the success, "Hardy's foray into mixed martial arts has been met with heavy criticism, in large part due to the fact that the former member of the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys was convicted in 2014 of assaulting a woman and communicating threats," Helwani wrote, before pointing out the domestic violence conviction was ultimately dismissed because the woman wouldn't testify.
Before the fight, he didn't hesitate to say he was faster and more powerful than Hardy, as UFC President Dana White shared: