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Former Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy to switch to MMA, Jay Glazer isn’t having it

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NFL star, Greg Hardy, has announced that he will soon be debuting as a mixed martial artist.

Greg Hardy, a former Dallas Cowboys defensive end is setting his professional football career aside to pursue MMA as announced by MMAFighting.com.

While he does not have a known background in martial arts, sources say Hardy has been training in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the past few months. Hardy’s team mentioned that although he does not have experience and has not fully established himself as an MMA fighter, a number of promotions have expressed interest in signing him.

Hardy told MMAFighting.com, “I’m very focused and excited to start my MMA career,” saying, “I’m going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that.

Hardy is known throughout the National Football League to be quite controversial as he missed most of the 2014 NFL season with the Carolina Panthers after being placed on the commissioner’s exempt list due to a domestic violence incident with his ex-girlfriend. Additionally, Hardy missed 4 games of the 2015 season due to suspension, which also stemmed from the case.

After completing five seasons with the Panthers, Hardy signed with the Dallas Cowboys but is noted to have not found a place in the starting lineup. Hardy is credited with a solid 2013 season, but has otherwise been off of the football elite radar.

Controversy struck Hardy yet again when last month he was arrested on cocaine possession charges in Richardson, TX.

Hardy’s teammates reportedly told MMAFighting.com that he currently weighs 285 pounds and is expected to debut as a heavyweight sometime in 2017.

Other professional football players who switched to MMA include:

Brock Lesnar (6-3) • Minnesota Vikings

Matt Mitrione (11-5) • New York Giants, Minnesota Vikings

Brendan Schaub (10-5) • Buffalo Bills

Wes Shivers (8-1) • Atlanta Falcons

Rex Richards (7-2) • Indianapolis Colts

Marcus Jones (4-2) • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Herschel Walker (2-0) • Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

Michael Westbrook (1-1-1) • Washington Redskins, Cincinnati Bengals

Jay Glazer encourages all MMA gyms and promoters to deny Greg Hardy the ‘privilege’ of competing in MMA

Although there has been a number of people in the MMA world who have mentioned being against Hardy’s switchover, Fox Sports NFL Insider and occasional UFC analyst, Jay Glazer, seems to be the most unhappy about the news.

In an interview with TMZ, Glazer said:

“If you play a sprt it’s a privilegge and he shouldn’t have that privilege. He’s shown no remorse. This guy just doesn’t get it. [MMA] is not for people who beat up women and show no remorse. Like I said, it’s a privilege and he has done nothing to earn that right and earn that privilege… It’s self-defense, not to go use it – somebody like that should not go learn more so he can use it in a wrong way.”

Glazer, who has experience with fighting and has also opened his own MMA gym goes on to say:

“So I’m asking every other MMA coach and promotion to not allow this guy to have the privilege. He doesn’t deserve it. All he’s done is beat the hell out of a woman and show no remorese for it so screw him. He shouldn’t be allowed to be around the other great people in this sport. There are incredible people in this sport, great fighters who stand up for the right things, most of the coaches stand up for the right things. This is a sport where you’re melting together arts, what I think are beautiful arts. A guy like Hardy has not earned the privelege to be part of this sport.”

It is no surprise to those who are familiar with martial arts that the MMA community holds a vastly different temperament than other professional sports. With Hardy debuting as a heavyweight (ranging from 205 lbs. to 265), it is known that his professional MMA journey will not be an easy one. The largest professional MMA organization in the world, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, currently has 51 heavyweight contenders with defending Stipe Miocic (16-2-0) being the UFC Heavyweight Champion of the world.

The world of MMA now waits for the 2017 debut as Hardy told MMAFighting that he is “fully committed to being as successful as [he] can be in this sport.” And champion, Stipe Miocic says he “wishes nothing but the best for him.”

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Exclusive: Alex Lohore “Didn’t Know” Who Richard Kiely Was Before BAMMA 32 Booking

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We spoke to the recently crowned BAMMA welterweight champion Alex Lohore, as he prepares to defend his title against Richard Kiely at BAMMA 32 in Dublin.

Lohore (13-1) won the vacant BAMMA welterweight title last month at BAMMA 31 in London. Fighting his longtime rival Nathan Jones on the night, Lohore knocked out “Mr Bag & Tag” with a knee in the first round.

Q: Obviously the rivalry between you and Jones had been going on for years, but you finished it in brutal fashion. Did you to speak to him after the fight?

Yeah I did have a chat with him. I was telling him that it was a great fight and we should train together sometime, but he was he wasn’t really keen on it. I guess he was still a bit sore about the defeat.

Q: In the cage after your win, you called out Richard Kiely, now you’re fighting him. Are you happy you got the opponent you asked for?

Everyone keeps saying I called him out, I didn’t call him out, he called me out! I didn’t even address his name, I said ‘this Irish kid has been running his mouth we’re going to go out there and shut him up.’ I didn’t even know who he was. He’s been mentioning my name and talking a lot of rubbish on my social media disturbing me and my fans.

Q: The finish against Jones was picture perfect. From the elbow, to the right hand, to the knee, was it the best of your career?

Yeah I think it is, by far! It was perfect technique. I knew as he was going he back he would try to duck in for the takedown. Because I was throwing the head kick anyway all I needed to do was just switch it to a knee. I couldn’t ask for any better.

Q: Given it’s in Dublin and Richard is Irish, How do you feel about going into enemy territory at BAMMA 32?

That’s great, that’s why I’m doing it! I need to be comfortable in every environment, so going out there will test. I wanted to be on the Dublin card, now I can teach him a little lesson too, I can’t wait.

Q: As you know the Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers has brought a lot of attention to BAMMA recently, what are your thoughts on him? 

He’s good man. For someone who doesn’t come from a fighting background and does reality TV stuff, he’s doing good. How can people say he should fight someone more experienced, because he is taking  guys that are on his level and he’s doing good.

He’s helping MMA fighters because he has got a big following so more people are going to be watching MMA and learning about MMA so it’s a good thing having him on board.

BAMMA32 will take place at the 3Arena in Dublin on November 10th. Tickets are now on sale at ticketmaster.ie. The card will air live on both UNILAD’s Facebook page, and Dave.

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BAMMA 31: Alex Lohore Knocks Out Nathan Jones with a Knee

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In the main event of BAMMA 31, Alex Lohore knocked out Nathan Jones with a vicious knee to become the new BAMMA welterweight champion.

Jones (11-6) returned to BAMMA after fighting at Bellator 179 in May, where he submitted Umer Kayani in the first round. It was his first title fight under the promotion, as he stepped into the BAMMA cage for the sixth time in his professional career.

The self-proclaimed “future of French MMA” Lohore (13-1) was riding a 9-fight winning streak as he made his BAMMA debut on the night. Like Jones, “Da Kid” last fought at Bellator 179 stopping Dan Vinni, who was scheduled to face Walter Gahadza tonight, but the fight was cancelled.

Round One:

Lohore backed up Jones to the fence and landed some good knees to the midsection. It was evident pre-fight animosity was carried into the cage as both men swung with bad intentions in the first. Jones secured a takedown and looked to wrap up a guillotine choke but Lohore defended well.

After Jones and Lohore broke from a clinching position, Lohore landed a beautiful step-in knee and sent Jones crashing to the canvas unconscious.

Official Result: Alex Lohore def. Nathan Jones via KO (Knee) Round One 4:13

You can stay updated with the official results of BAMMA 31 here, and also over at our Twitter page @mmalatestnews.

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BAMMA 31: Aaron Chalmers Wins by Knockout in 30 Seconds

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In the second fight of his career, Geordie Shore star Aaron Chalmers knocked out Alex Thompson in just 30-seconds at BAMMA 31.

Chalmers (2-0) made his pro debut back in April at BAMMA 29, when he submitted Greg Jenkins in the first round. “The Joker” had spent his training camp at UTC in Birmingham for this fight, alongside the likes of Yannick Bahati and UFC welterweight Leon Edwards.

Thompson (0-1) had previously fought at BAMMA before facing Chalmers, but on the amateur circuit. Making his pro MMA debut on the night, “The Iron Born” was riding a 4-fight losing streak coming into BAMMA 31, and had taken almost a full year away from the cage.

Round One:

As the round opened up, Chalmers and Thompson began to exchange on the feet. A left uppercut from “The Joker” had already knocked Thompson out on the feet, and as he was falling to the canvas Chalmers landed a right hand to finish the job.

Official Result: Aaron Chalmers def. Alex Thompson via KO (Uppercut) Round One: 0:30

You can stay updated with the official results of BAMMA 31 here, and also over at our Twitter page @mmalatestnews.

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