ESPN is reporting that Greg Hardy is set to fight in his first professsional fight, with a shot at landing a UFC contract.  He will appear on the “Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series.” 

Dana White’s contender series event promises at least one fighter will walk away with a multifight contract with the UFC.  Hardy’s opponent is thought to be Brandon Sayles.

Hardy, 29, has booked a heavyweight fight on June 12, on the “Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series,” sources said. It will mark Hardy’s professional MMA debut. He has posted an amateur record of 3-0.

The DWTNCS consists of a handful of live fights in Las Vegas. White, along with UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, offer at least one multifight deal with the UFC at the conclusion of each episode.

This news as the 29 year old former NFL player continues his football career as a member of the Richmond Roughriders, of the Arena League.  If he managed to land a contract with the UFC it will be interesting to see if that’s enough for him to give up on his football career.

I’m personally hoping Sayles knocks him out cold.  It’s exactly what he deserves.