Former NFL player Greg Hardy to debut with UFC on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn

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Former NFL defensive end  Greg Hardy will make his UFC debut in January, according to UFC president Dana White.

Hardy (3-0) will face Allen Crowder (9-3) at UFC Fight Night on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn. Contracts have not yet been signed, but White told ESPN the heavyweight bout is close to being finalized.

Fighting out of Coconut Creek, Florida, Hardy signed a developmental deal with the UFC immediately after his pro debut, which took place on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in June.

The deal allowed Hardy to gain experience outside the UFC. He has won all three of his professional bouts by first-round knockout, which prompted the quick call-up. Hardy was slated to fight on a regional show on Dec. 21 in Florida, but White said the UFC elected to pull him from that event in anticipation of his promotional debut.

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