For fans who have closely watched the growth of MMA, it’s always been clear that the quality of the sport will always rise when the level of athletes competing is at its highest.
In the U.S., NFL players are widely considered to be among the biggest, strongest and fastest athletes in sport today. And while there has been some minor crossover between professional football and MMA – big-show veterans such as Matt Mitrione and Brendan Schaub chiefly among them – there hasn’t exactly been a rush of NFL talent making its way to combat sports.
On Tuesday, NFL veterans Greg Hardy (75 games played) and Austen Lane (30 games played) meet at Dana White’s Contender Series 9, which takes place in Las Vegas at The Ultimate Fighter Gym and streams reside on UFC Fight Pass. The two fighters are amongst 10 athletes hoping to land a UFC deal by impressing UFC President Dana White with their efficiency.
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Hardy (Zero-Zero) has garnished probably the most consideration. While he’s impressed in an ideal beginner run, he now makes his skilled debut ostensibly only one fight away from a UFC deal. Hardy additionally comes with baggage, after beforehand being convicted of a misdemeanor following a home violence incident, although the fees have been later dropped on attraction.
Meanwhile, Lane (Four-Zero) has completed all 4 of his skilled opponents to date. While he’s not a former All-Pro like Hardy, Lane began 17 video games for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
But are these two prepared for the UFC?