63 Facts About Greg Hardy


Gregory McKarl Hardy was born on July 28,1988 and is an American former professional football defensive end, mixed martial artist and professional boxer who played in the National Football League for six seasons, primarily with the Carolina Panthers.


Greg Hardy played college football at Ole Miss and was selected by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.


Greg Hardy spent his final NFL season with the Dallas Cowboys.


Greg Hardy was signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship from 2019 to 2022, where he competed in the heavyweight division.


Greg Hardy attended Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, Tennessee, where he was a three-sport letterman in football, basketball and track.


Greg Hardy played with offensive tackle Michael Oher at both Briarcrest Christian School and Ole Miss.


Greg Hardy was an all-state pick who was rated as the No 5 player in Tennessee by Super Prep, No 8 by Scout.


Greg Hardy accepted a football scholarship from the University of Mississippi.


Greg Hardy posted 49 tackles, 3 sacks, 5 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries.


Greg Hardy spent time at wide receiver against Mississippi State University, making a 23 yards touchdown reception.


Greg Hardy tallied 64 tackles, 10 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles and 2 touchdown receptions on offense.


Greg Hardy played in 9 out of 13 games because of injuries, recording 18 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, 3 quarterback pressures, one interception and one pass defensed.


Greg Hardy was considered one of the best pass rushers eligible for the 2009 NFL Draft but he elected to return to Ole Miss for his senior season.


Greg Hardy registered 16 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 4 quarterback pressures, 3 passes defensed and one fumble recovery.


Greg Hardy finished his college career with 39.5 career tackles for loss and 26.5 sacks.


Greg Hardy was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.


Greg Hardy was signed to a contract on June 17,2010.


Greg Hardy managed to record a blocked punt for a safety as well as force a fumble and record 4 tackles in his rookie debut.


Greg Hardy did finish the year with 30 tackles, 3 sacks, two forced fumbles, and the aforementioned safety.


Greg Hardy recorded 11 sacks in 2012 in spite of sustaining a broken thumb in September.


On November 9,2012, Greg Hardy was fined $15,750 for a roughing the passer penalty against Robert Griffin III versus the Washington Redskins in Week 9.


On June 11,2013, Greg Hardy spoke to reporters during a summer minicamp claiming his goal for sacks in the 2013 season to be 50.


Greg Hardy ended up recording a team-record 15 sacks, earning his first trip to the 2014 Pro Bowl and being named a second-team All Pro by the Associated Press.


Greg Hardy was ranked 53rd in the NFL Top 100 for his breakout performance in the 2013 NFL season.


Greg Hardy was set to become a free agent during the 2014 offseason, but it was announced on February 28,2014 that the Panthers had placed the franchise tag on him, allowing him to return to the field for them during the 2014 season.


Greg Hardy played the first game of the 2014 season, but was placed on the commissioner's exempt list while his domestic violence case played out.


Greg Hardy remained there for the rest of the season.


On March 18,2015, Greg Hardy signed as a free agent a one-year, $11.3 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys.


Greg Hardy had two sacks and five hits on quarterback Tom Brady.


Greg Hardy led the team in quarterback pressures and was second in sacks, but only three of those sacks came in the last nine games.


Greg Hardy drew the ire of coach Jason Garrett due to inappropriate tweets, frequent tardiness, and being a bad influence on the younger players on the team.


Greg Hardy signed with the Richmond Roughriders of the American Arena League in January 2018.


On May 13,2014, Greg Hardy was arrested for assault and communicating threats, after he was alleged to have assaulted an ex-girlfriend by grabbing her, throwing her into furniture, strangling her, and threatening to kill her.


When Greg Hardy appealed the decision, requesting a jury trial, the victim failed to appear in court to testify.


On November 5,2015, the domestic violence charges against Greg Hardy were expunged from his record.


On September 26,2016, Greg Hardy was arrested for cocaine possession in Dallas, Texas.


In October 2016, Greg Hardy announced he would start a mixed martial arts career and had been training for several months, although he had no previous experience in MMA.


Greg Hardy made his amateur MMA debut on November 4,2017, in which he defeated Joe Hawkins by knockout in a 32-second match.


On February 16,2018, Greg Hardy was victorious in his third amateur bout, defeating Ryan Chester via knockout 14 seconds into the first round.


Greg Hardy fought fellow former NFL defensive end Austen Lane and won by a knockout in the first round.


Greg Hardy won by TKO in the fight's opening minute.


Greg Hardy won by knockout at 53 seconds in the first round.


Greg Hardy hit Crowder with his knee while Crowder was down on the ground, leaving Crowder unable to continue.


Greg Hardy won the fight via TKO in the first round.


Greg Hardy faced Juan Adams on July 20,2019 at UFC on ESPN 4.


Greg Hardy won the fight via TKO in the first round.


Greg Hardy was scheduled to face Jarjis Danho on October 26,2019 at UFC Fight Night 162.


In turn, Greg Hardy was rescheduled and faced promotional newcomer Ben Sosoli a week earlier at UFC on ESPN 6.


Greg Hardy originally won the fight via unanimous decision; however, Hardy's non-permitted use of an inhaler in between the second and third round caused the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission to overrule the original decision to a no contest.


Greg Hardy was initially scheduled to face Yorgan De Castro on March 28,2020 at UFC on ESPN: Ngannou vs Rozenstruik.


Greg Hardy faced Maurice Greene on October 31,2020 at UFC Fight Night 181.


Greg Hardy won the fight via technical knockout in round two.


Greg Hardy faced Marcin Tybura on December 19,2020 at UFC Fight Night 183.


Greg Hardy knocked down Tybura in the first round but lost the fight in the second round via technical knockout.


Greg Hardy faced Tai Tuivasa on July 10,2021 at UFC 264.


Greg Hardy lost the fight via knockout in round one.


Greg Hardy was scheduled to face Alexey Oleynik on January 22,2022 at UFC 270.


In turn, just a week before the event Greg Hardy withdrew due to a finger injury and the bout was removed from the event.


Greg Hardy lost the fight via technical knockout in round one.


On October 8,2022, Greg Hardy made his professional boxing debut against Mike Cook.


On November 19,2022, Greg Hardy fought American professional boxer Hasim Rahman Jr.


Greg Hardy took the fight on 1 week notice after Rahman Jr.


Greg Hardy made his bare-knuckle debut against Josh Watson at BKFC KnuckleMania 3 on February 17,2023.