Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy is putting his career on hold to attempt to be a mixed martial arts fighter, reports MMAFighting.com.
Hardy is currently a free-agent after spending last season with the Dallas Cowboys, recording six sacks in 12 games.
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He was suspended the first four games of the 2015 season for conduct detrimental to the league after a domestic violence incident while playing with the Carolina Panthers in 2014.
“I'm very focused and excited to start my MMA career,” Hardy said in a statement. “I'm going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that. I'm fully committed to being as successful as I can be in this sport.
According to the report, Hardy has been training for months, drawing interest from some MMA promotions.
The 28-year-old was arrested last month in Richardson, Texas on a cocaine possession charge after being pulled over for a traffic violation. In a subsequent search of his vehicle, authorities found cocaine and an item containing marijuana remnants. He was later released on $5,000 bond.
Hardy is expected to fight as a MMA heavyweight when he makes his debut, most likely next year, according to the report