DWCS 9 recap: Here's Michael Bisping's advice for UFC hopeful Greg Hardy

What do you do with a promising MMA talent such as NFL vet Greg Hardy, who made a successful pro debut at Dana White’s Contender Series 9?On June 12 Hardy scored a crushing knockout of fellow heavyweight and NFL vet Austen Lane (4-1).
Following the event, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas, cageside commentators Michael Bisping and Brendan Fitzgerald recapped the event and looked ahead for the winners, notably former Pro Bowler Hardy.Despite not being in the headliner, controversial figure Hardy was clearly the biggest draw in the DWCS Season 2 opener. After a 3-0 amateur run, 29-year-old Hardy violently arrived in the pro ranks with his 57-second win.Hardy didn’t get an official UFC contract after the win; DWCS 9 headliner Alonzo Menifield (7-0) did after he stopped heavyweight Dashawn Boatwright (3-1) in eight seconds, and welterweight vet Chris Curtis (18-5) surprisingly didn’t despite a third-round knockout of Sean Lally (8-3). However, Hardy did get a development deal; he won’t immediately move to the UFC octagon, but company officials will help direct his immediate career, which could including additional DWCS appearances.
In the DWCS 9 recap above, Bisping and Fitzgerald recap the event and offer some advice on Hardy’s initial steps for his pro run. What does the development deal say about a fighter like Hardy?
“It says Dana White is a very smart man,” Bisping said. “You don’t see somebody like Dan Hardy step in the octagon, knock somebody out like that, and then say, ‘You know what? No, I don’t want them.’ Of course you want them. This is the type of people you want in the UFC.”
As for next steps, Bisping said Hardy should continue getting steps up in competition and listen closely to his American Top Team coaches. If so, Bisping said Hardy could be a future UFC champion.
Check out the full recap and that Hardy discussion above.And for complete coverage of Dana Whites Contender Series 9, check out theMMA Eventssection of the site.






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