UFC president Dana White won’t rule out signing former NFL lineman Greg Hardy if he proves he can compete in mixed martial arts.
Hardy, who has been trouble with the law on a few occasions during his past, recently announced he wanted to pursue a career in MMA after his troubles kept him from playing in the NFL on a regular basis.
Regardless of what White thinks about the prospect of Hardy making a go of it in MMA, he reckons the former Dallas Cowboys man should be able to “move on” with his life.
“I’m one of those guys too who believes that we’re all human beings and we all make mistakes,” White said on FOX Sports 1’s Speak for Yourself show. “And when you make a mistake, you pay your penance, whatever it might be, and you should be allowed to make a living and move on in your life. Is he good enough to come into the UFC and fight? I highly doubt it.”
Despite Hardy’s previous legal troubles, including domestic violence charges and cocaine possession, White believes the 28-year-old should be given another chance to prove himself.
“I’m not saying he should be welcomed here, but I’m saying I’m a guy who believes that if you make a mistake, your life isn’t over, go kill yourself or something,” White said. “You made a mistake, you pay for it. When you make mistakes, it’s all about how you act from there on out. How do you handle yourself after that and what do you do to fix it.”
Although White admits he won’t be bringing Hardy in yet, it will be up to him to impress enough to earn his place at MMA promotions.
“I’ve been playing football for a couple weeks too, maybe I’ll try out for the (New England) Patriots?” White joked. “It takes a little bit longer than that, but he could fight at one of these small shows. We’ll see how he looks, and I don’t know.”