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Greg Hardy scores emphatic knockout win on Dana White's Contender Series, earns UFC deal
Greg Hardy, the former NFL All-Pro defensive end, punched his ticket to the UFC with an emphatic TKO victory over fellow ex-NFL player Austen Lane tonight at Dana White's Contender Series 9.
The event took place at The Ultimate Fighter Gym and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
"I'm ready for the big show," Hardy said after his win. "I love the opportunity. I train at the best gym in the world, and I have full confidence and faith that those guys are there to get me ready for whatever comes next."
What comes next will be up to UFC President Dana White, who awarded Hardy a contract afterward.
Hardy, who trains with American Top Team, came out throwing heavy hands early, but Lane responded, leading to a brief exchange between the two big men.
Moments later, the fight was over when Hardy landed a huge right hook across the chin that dropped Lane to one knee. He bounced back up only to eat a left that put him down for good, forcing the referee to stop the fight at the 57-second mark of Round 1.