Former UFC heavyweight fighter Greg Hardy is eyeing up a jump from the octagon to the squared circle following the expiration of his UFC contract.
Making his professional debut in June 2018, Greg Hardy enjoyed a successful career with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, ending his career in the Dana White-helmed organisation with a 7-5-1 record. Having not been re-signed by the company, however, Hardy is now envisioning a career in pro wrestling.
The 33-year-old joined Chris Van Vliet for an in-depth discussion, during which he stated he was “waiting on the call” to be snapped up by either WWE or All Elite Wrestling:
“Somebody hit me up, AEW, WWE, hit me up. I’m down. I’ll get in the gym right now. I’ll show up with the Monday night muscles and jump off the side of the rope on anybody. It has to be entertainment level stuff. You can’t just come out with tights on and have a six-pack unless you’re Brock Lesnar or The Rock. I’m an old school fan. I would love to get in there. I’m waiting for the call.”
A former NFL defensive end, most notably with the Carolina Panthers for four years, Greg Hardy announced his intentions to begin a mixed martial arts career. He made his amateur debut in November 2017, winning in just 32 seconds; by the time of his professional debut the following June, Hardy’s record was 3-0, all of which were snappy, first-round knockouts.
In his official UFC career, Greg Hardy amassed seven victories throughout his thirteen-match career, last defeating Maurice Green in October 2020. He would lose the last three matches of his UFC career to Marcin Tybura, Tai Tuivasa, and Sergey Spivak, respectively.
Should ‘The Prince of War’ make the jump to professional wrestling, he’d be one of several ex-UFC stars to make a run of it between the ropes. Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, and Cain Velasquez have all made appearances for WWE, while Paige VanZant made her wrestling debut just a few weeks ago at AEW Double or Nothing, receiving mass praise in the aftermath.