Greg Hardy continued the strong start to his mixed martial arts career on Tuesday night.
The former Ole Miss defensive end knocked out Tebaris Gordon in 17 seconds to win his second professional fight in UFC. Hardy previously knocked out Austen Lane in 57 seconds on June 12, which earned him a developmental contract with UFC.
Both of Hardy’s UFC fights have occurred on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.”
“I haven’t seen the replays yet, but honestly I think I can be more in control,” Hardy said after the fight, according to ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto. “I was kind of in danger a little bit, with my hands low. I feel I can work on that, jitters. I would call it an experience. I’m all about plugging holes my man.”
Below is a video of Hardy’s quick knockout win, courtesy of Untitled MMA on Twitter:
— Untitled MMA (@UntitledMMA) August 8, 2018
Prior to Hardy’s first two professional fights, he won three amateur bouts, all by knockout.
Hardy played six seasons in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys. However, several off-the-field conflicts affected Hardy’s career. He was found guilty of assaulting an ex-girlfriend in 2014, leading to a four-game suspension, and was arrested for cocaine possession in 2016.
It’s unknown how far Hardy’s MMA career will go, but so far, it’s off to a good start.