Greg Hardy knocked out Austen Lane in his pro MMA debut. pic.twitter.com/uX52ffRdeV— Thomas Lott (@tlott33) June 13, 2018
Greg Hardy made a jaw-dropping mixed martial arts debut.
The disgraced former NFL All-Pro put away Austen Lane with a savage two-punch combination on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series at the UFC Training Center in Las Vegas. Hardy (1-0), who spent six seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys, brought it to a close 57 seconds into Round 1. Afterward, he was awarded an Ultimate Fighting Championship contract by UFC President Dana White.
Neither man was bashful with his hands. After a brief pause for an inadvertent eye poke, Hardy dropped Lane (2-1) to a knee with a wicked right hook, allowed him to stand and uncorked a left hook that floored him where he stood. By then, referee Mark Smith was on the scene to prevent further damage.
Meanwhile, undefeated Legacy Fighting Alliance veteran Alonzo Menifield disposed of Dashawn Boatwright with punches in the first round of their light heavyweight pairing. In his first fight since Dec. 17, 2016, Boatwright (3-1) bit the dust just eight seconds into Round 1.
Menifield (7-0) smothered an attempted head kick, drove the Virginian to the canvas with a clubbing right hand and pummeled him with a volley of unanswered lefts for the finish. The performance was enough to earn the 205-pound prospect a UFC contract.
Finally, onetime CES MMA champion Chris Curtis cut down Sean Lally with a hook kick and follow-up punches in the third round of their welterweight confrontation. Lally (7-3) succumbed to blows 1:37 into Round 3, his four-fight winning streak at an end.
Curtis (19-5) walked through leg kicks from the Army Ranger, worked body-head combinations and connected with uppercuts from both hands. He rang Lally’s bell with a crisp 1-2 in the second round before finishing it in spectacular fashion in the third. The hook kick landed clean, and Curtis trailed the Team Sityodtong rep to the canvas with punches until it the job was done.
The 30-year-old Curtis has won six fights in a row.
In other action, Montel Jackson (3-0) dispatched Rico DiSciullo (9-2) with a knee strike and follow-up punches 2:15 into the third round of their bantamweight tilt; and Bellator MMA alum Kevin Holland (12-3) took a unanimous decision from Will Santiago Jr. (9-5) in a three-round middleweight affair.