Ex-NFL Lineman Greg Hardy KOs UFC Opponent In 17 Seconds

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Nzechukwu was a second time Contender Series veteran but his performance past year wasn't enough to get the call up to the UFC. The knockout was reminiscent of what Travis Browne did to Josh Barnett and Gabriel Gonzaga with those same elbow strikes in a pair of heavyweight fights.

"I said to him, 'How's your wrestling because nobody's going to stand with you from here on out, '" White said.

It was an impressive win for the Dallas-based Nzechukwu and the fastest of his career.

In the night's co-main event we were treated to some lightweight talent as Devonte Smith fought Joseph Lowry.

Hardy holds 3-0 in amateur fights before entering into professional UFC fights, and in his first outing, he defeated Austen Lane in 57 seconds via KO.


Hardy showed that he has the power to be a force at heavyweight in the UFC. He is also a very enthusiastic and eccentric personality, which makes him an asset from a promotional standpoint.

Dana White's contract selections: White gave contracts to the aforementioned Smith and Nzechukwu and also gave one to Moffett.

According to Ariel Helwani of ESPN.com, Tuesday's fight was the first of a four-fight contract Hardy has with UFC's parent company, Zuffa, even though it wasn't considered an official UFC fight. Unfortunately for Lowry, after taking some shots he wasn't liking he chose to swarm Smith as he went in for a takedown and got him against the cage.

Biggest question mark: Despite the two first-round finishes, Hardy has yet to be tested against a UFC-calibre opponent.

The former National Football League defensive end, who last played in 2015 for the Dallas Cowboys, won a UFC contract on Dana White's Tuesday night contender series in June after a brutal knockout win.

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