Greg Hardy won his third straight professional bout this past Saturday, but he still has experience to gain before UFC call-up arrives.
The former NFL Pro Bowler knocked out Ray Jones in 53 seconds in the headliner of Xtreme Fight Night 352 at River Spirit Casino and Resort in Tulsa, Okla. All three of Hardy’s professional victories have ended inside of a minute.
The first of those, a 57-second TKO of Austen Lane in his pro debut on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, earned Hardy a developmental contract with the UFC. While the Las Vegas-based promotion is always in need of new heavyweights, Hardy isn’t quite ready for the big show just yet, according to UFC President Dana White.
“That was an impressive win,” White said on the "UFC Unfiltered” podcast. “The other wins he’s had, he’s been in there with guys standing and trading, and he ended up catching them and knock them out. This one, he actually gets his back, controls the arm and starts hammer-fisting him. Very impressive. He’s a guy that we’ll continue to bring up, continue to get him fights, and we’ll make the decision when he’s finally ready to come to the UFC.”
White didn’t offer further detail as far as a timetable for Hardy’s arrival to the UFC. His first three opponents have a 5-4 combined record.