Dilapidated NFL defensive cease Greg Hardy will invent his UFC debut in January, in response to UFC president Dana White.

Hardy (three-zero) will face Allen Crowder (9-three) at UFC Fight Night on Jan. 19 in Brooklyn, Unusual York. Contracts don’t have any longer but been signed, but White told ESPN the heavyweight bout is end to being finalized.

Battling out of Coconut Creek, Florida, Hardy signed a developmental take care of the UFC straight after his pro debut, which took exclaim on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in June.

The deal allowed Hardy to manufacture ride outside the UFC. He has obtained all three of his official bouts by first-spherical knockout, which precipitated the snappy call-up. Hardy was slated to battle on a regional show on Dec. 21 in Florida, but White said the UFC elected to pull him from that event in anticipation of his promotional debut.

Representatives for Hardy did no longer straight answer to requests for commentary.

Crowder, of Mebane, North Carolina, hasn’t fought since December 2017. He was scheduled to face Rashad Coulter at UFC 225 in June but was forced to pull out thanks to injury. Five of his nine wins have advance thru knockout.

The UFC’s resolution to ticket Hardy was met with some controversy. He was exiled by the NFL in 2015 thanks to off-the-field considerations, including a 2014 conviction in a domestic violence case. The charges had been later expunged from his list, when the victim failed to look in court docket for a jury trial all over his allure.

White has acknowledged Hardy’s previous will “notice him for the the leisure of his life” but is prepared to present the pale All-Expert defensive lineman a 2d likelihood. Through six appearances — three pro, three newbie — Hardy has recorded six first-spherical knockouts.

The Jan. 19 UFC Fight Night will ticket the principal live event of a five-year deal between the UFC and ESPN. The promotion has no longer but launched a principal event.