UFC books Greg Hardy vs. former NFL player Austen Lane

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Greg Hardy, the former All-Pro defensive end who became one of the poster boy’s for the league’s problem with domestic violence, has booked a fight in the UFC — against another NFL player.

Hardy will face Austen Lane in a UFC fight on June 12. Lane, a fifth-round draft pick of the Jaguars in 2010, was a defensive end like Hardy, although Lane didn’t see the same kind of success in the NFL. Lane’s career spanned just 30 regular-season games.

In three amateur mixed martial arts fights, Hardy has taken on three overmatched opponents and won easily. In Lane, Hardy is finally fighting someone his own size: Lane was listed at 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds in the NFL, and Lane has knocked out two opponents in pro MMA fights, needing just 14 seconds to win his first fight and 20 seconds to win his second.

The UFC has taken some criticism for agreeing to give Hardy a chance in a new sport, given his off-field issues in the NFL. Lane will become a popular UFC fighter if he knocks Hardy out.

30 responses to “UFC books Greg Hardy vs. former NFL player Austen Lane

  1. I am not a fan of the UFC because any sport which allows guys to keep on punching guys they have already knocked out is too brutal for me. But they do precisely that in these UFC and MMA fights. I saw one fight where a guy kicked a guy on the side of the head and he was obviously knocked cold, but the guy immediately jumped on him and slammed him with the back of his fist 5 times in the head and face before the referee finally pulled him off.
    But I would tune in to watch these two guys fight in the hope that I would see Hardy get his butt kicked (I wouldn’t pay to watch it, though).

  2. He isn’t technically in the UFC. The Tuesday night fight stuff is for the minor fighters trying to get in the UFC or to showcase themselves. Not any different from Dana White Lookin for a fight series.

  3. @nyneal Actually that’s the opposite of what happens in most MMA fights. Fights are stopped when an opponent can’t “intelligently defend themselves.” Some fights are stopped too early, and yes, unfortunately, some too late. Boxing is far more brutal in that guys can get knocked down several times but get that 10 count to clear their head. MMA fighters don’t get that count, so they match is typically over once a guy is rocked.

  4. I am not a fan of the UFC because any sport which allows guys to keep on punching guys they have already knocked out is too brutal for me. But they do precisely that in these UFC and MMA fights. I saw one fight where a guy kicked a guy on the side of the head and he was obviously knocked cold, but the guy immediately jumped on him and slammed him with the back of his fist 5 times in the head and face before the referee finally pulled him off.
    But I would tune in to watch these two guys fight in the hope that I would see Hardy get his butt kicked (I wouldn’t pay to watch it, though).
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    Its called adrenaline and you don’t always know when someone is knocked out these things are as fast or faster than a football game. Also still see guys fighting in their 40s no complaints of brain damage.

  5. The UFC has taken some criticism for agreeing to give Hardy a chance in a new sport, given his off-field issues in the NFL. Lane will become a popular UFC fighter if he knocks Hardy out.
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    Please stop pushing your agenda into every post. The law imposed whatever punishment it found just and he served his time.

    Last guy I heard sound like you was now disgraced New York AG Schneiderman at a women’s march only to later be outed as a guy who abuses women, calls them slaves, and threatens them with arrest and death if they report him.

  6. No one who has ever committed or been accused of a violent crime should ever be allowed to be lawfully employed again. They should go on welfare, sell drugs or stick or convenience stores.

    Is that the point? Hardy did a bad thing(s) and White shouldn’t employ him. OK. Who should? GE? Goldman Sachs? The US Army?

  7. Well Austen, I’ve never heard of you but I’ll be rooting my butt off for you to take this clown to the dumpster in the first 20 seconds as well.

  8. Hey NYNeal. Nobody cares about your opinion of MMA. They guys that participate know what they’re signing up for. If a guy took extra damage it was the refs fault for stopping it too late.

  9. I’m actually going full heel on this one and embracing the run of Greg Hardy dominance at heavyweight. The weight class is currently a joke and no one with Hardy’s raw athleticism bedsides Jon Jones (whose brothers all play in the NFL) are in the UFC. You guys don’t get it yet but Hardy has been training at one of the top MMA camps for YEARS now. He’s probably going to smash his way through these lower ranks and into top 15 heavyweight contention fairly easily.

  10. kevines255 says:
    May 13, 2018 at 1:27 pm
    @nyneal Actually that’s the opposite of what happens in most MMA fights. Fights are stopped when an opponent can’t “intelligently defend themselves.” Some fights are stopped too early, and yes, unfortunately, some too late. Boxing is far more brutal in that guys can get knocked down several times but get that 10 count to clear their head. MMA fighters don’t get that count, so they match is typically over once a guy is rocked.

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    I didn’t defend boxing. It’s filled with inept referees, too, and I’ve never liked the mandatory eight counts in boxing, either. I’ve watched boxing all my life and there’s no question that the fighters are treated horribly by the promoters and even their own trainers. If they ever did a study on how many boxers have dementia and die way too early, it would dwarf any other sport. But they won’t because most boxers are poor kids or come from other countries and no one gives a damn about them.
    And I must admit I have watched more UFC than MMA fights, because those are the ones my son likes and he always pays for them so he can watch them. I have seen many fights where a fighter was clearly defenseless and often out cold and his opponent manages to hit him several times right in the face or head with hard shots before the official gets there to pull him off. Boxing has had many deaths occur from fights. It’s only a matter of time until someone dies in a UFC fight, in my opinion. And actually, if memory serves me correctly, there was a death in a marshal arts fight in the ring many years ago, but it was another organization, not the UFC or MMA.

  11. minnesotablizzard says:
    May 13, 2018 at 4:19 pm
    I’m actually going full heel on this one and embracing the run of Greg Hardy dominance at heavyweight. The weight class is currently a joke and no one with Hardy’s raw athleticism bedsides Jon Jones (whose brothers all play in the NFL) are in the UFC. You guys don’t get it yet but Hardy has been training at one of the top MMA camps for YEARS now. He’s probably going to smash his way through these lower ranks and into top 15 heavyweight contention fairly easily.

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    Aw, Andy Kaufman would have kicked his butt all over the ring!! That’s why he was the Inter-gender Wrestling Champion Of The World!!
    Who doesn’t miss Andy Kaufman? He was light years ahead of his time and even in death, some people thought it was just another prank by Andy!

  12. A sport where former NFL players fight each other is worth billions of dollars?

    Somebody got ripped off.

  13. The UFC is still in business? I thought it was just cheap shirts they sell at Walmart that beer belly trailer dwellers wore to try and look tough.

  14. kepickle says:
    May 13, 2018 at 5:02 pm
    Greg Hardy was Never Convicted of anything fact is he’s only been Convicted by Media & Fans of teams QB he embarrassed

    Not true. He was convicted but his conviction was overturned by appeal when he paid off his accuser so she wouldn’t show up for the appeal. In essence, he bought his way out of his conviction.

  15. Lane will become a popular UFC fighter if he knocks Hardy out.

    I’d love to see the look on Hardy’s face once he peels himself off the canvas while unable to remember his own name. He’ll realize it’s not the same when it’s a fair fight.

  16. yesser12 says:
    May 13, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Also still see guys fighting in their 40s no complaints of brain damage.
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    Seriously? They’re just now learning how to detect CTE in living people. It’s kind of hard to complain of brain damage when you’re already dead. Geez, I can’t believe you said that. Maybe you should go get checked out yourself.

  17. kepickle says:
    May 13, 2018 at 5:02 pm
    Greg Hardy was Never Convicted of anything fact is he’s only been Convicted by Media & Fans of teams QB he embarrassed
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Go take a knee somewhere.

  18. I knew Austen Lane years ago in college and always rooted for him in the NFL.

    Guy is from a small town in Wisconsin and is one of the nicest, stand-up guys you’d ever meet!

    Hope Austen KOs Hardy in the 1st Round and he’ll go away for good…

  19. nyneal says:
    May 13, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    1) “And I must admit I have watched more UFC than MMA fights…”

    2) “…but it was another organization, not the UFC or MMA.”

    @nyneal, please stop now, and perhaps save a little dignity… you truly have no idea what you are talking about.

    The UFC is to Professional MMA, what the NFL is to Professional Football.

    NFL: The top of the food chain in regards to Professional Football.

    UFC: The top of the food chain in regards to Professional MMA.

    This is basically what you just typed…

    1) “And I must admit I have watched more NFL than Football games…”

    2)”…but it was another organization, not the NFL or Football.”

    ‘NFL’ is the BUSINESS, Football is the SPORT.

    ‘UFC’ is the BUSINESS, MMA is the SPORT.

    Let’s understand what we are so passionately opposed to… “The More You Know”!

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