Dana White’s Contender Series is returning on June 12th for its second season. It was announced during the UFC 224 pay per view.
It was also announced that two former NFL players will be squaring off on the television show. Greg Hardy will take on Austen Lane. Hardy and Lane are not only former NFL players, but they played the same position as Defensive End.
Lane played for the NFL from 2010 to 2014 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, and Chicago Bears. Lane is a big boy at 6’6 265lbs. His current MMA career is currently 5-0 as an amateur, and also has an untarnished professional record at 4-0. All of his wins come via first round knock-outs.
Hardy played for the NFL from 2010-2015 with the Carolina Panthers, and Dallas Cowboys. Hardy is 6’5 and a hefty 280lbs. His current MMA career is standing at 3-0 as an amateur. Hardy will be making his pr debut against Lane. Surprisingly enough, all of Hardy’s victories also are all first round knock-outs like his opponent.
While the President of UFC Dana White has taken some scrutiny over Hardy’s domestic violence,he was a recent guest on Jason Whitlock’s FOX Sports 1 show, “Speak for Yourself,” where he was asked about Hardy’s MMA move.
“Yeah, I’m one of those guys too, who believes that we’re all human beings and we all make mistakes,” White said regarding Hardy’s domestic violence history.