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Former Cowboy Greg Hardy to Try MMA Fighting: Report



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    Greg Hardy of the Dallas Cowboys looks on from the sidelines before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium Nov. 8, 2015. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

    Defensive end Greg Hardy said he is putting his football career on hold to pursue a career in mixed martial arts fighting, according to

    Representatives of the former Dallas Cowboy and Carolina Panther told the website he has been training for several months in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

    "I'm very focused and excited to start my MMA career," Hardy said in a statement to "I'm going to do this the right way."

    Hardy's team told the website he weighs about 285 pounds will likely debut as a heavyweight in 2017.

    The 28-year-old Hardy missed most of the 2014 season due to a domestic violence incident with an ex-girlfriend. After signing with the Cowboys, he also misssed the first four games of the 2015 season due to the case.

    Richardson police arrested Hardy for cocaine possession in September.