Greg Hardy’s third mixed martial arts bout will occur on a slightly bigger stage.
The former Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman will face Ryan Chester in a heavyweight bout on the amateur portion of the Legacy Fighting Alliance 33 card, the promotion announced Tuesday.
Hardy fought twice in 2017, finishing his two opponents via KO/TKO inside of a round within one month’s span. The 29-year-old is currently anchored at American Top Team in Florida. Hardy has said that he hopes to compete for the heavyweight championship in the UFC someday.
Hardy was a Pro Bowler in the NFL but was suspended for the majority of the 2014 season after being found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Hardy was sentenced to 18 months’ probation, but charges from the case were later dropped, and his record was expunged.
Hardy was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2015 season as well, but that was later reduced to four games by an arbitrator, and Hardy finished the campaign with the Dallas Cowboys, although he remained a controversial figure throughout the season. He went unsigned as a free agent the following offseason, opening the door for him to transition to an MMA career.
LFA 33 takes place at the Bomb Factory in Dallas on Feb. 16. In the main event, former Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series competitor Kyle Stewart will square off against Jaleel Willis at welterweight, while Chris Pecero will face Damon Jackson in the lightweight co-headliner. The card will air on AXS-TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.