Greg Hardy’s mixed martial arts career may already have a start date.
The Texas-based Legacy Fighting Championship would like to have the former Dallas Cowboy and Carolina Panther make his ring debut on Jan. 13 in Dallas. Legacy Fighting Championship organization president Mick Maynard told The Dallas Morning News in an email on Tuesday.
Hardy announced he would be switching sports in a statement on mmafighting.com.
According to the Morning News, the biggest U.S. mixed martial arts organization, the UFC, declined to comment about any interest in Hardy. A Bellator MMA official was unsure if the organization would release a comment. Legacy FC is a feeder program for UFC.
Hardy’s controversial past has played a primary role in his inability to find and NFL job after recording six sacks in 12 games with Dallas last season.
He was charged with domestic violence in 2014. The case eventually was dropped, but it still tarnished Hardy’s reputation. More recently was arrested in September on a cocaine possession charge.
Hardy wouldn’t be the first former NFL player to compete in MMA. Several have tried to find a role in the growing combat sport, while former defensive lineman Matt Mitrione has been the most successful, compiling an 11-5 record and fighting in the UFC and Bellator.