Former NFL player preparing for career in MMA

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy has been training for several months for his debut

Greg Hardy, NFL

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A former NFL player, with a history of domestic violence, is preparing for a career in mixed martial arts.

Greg Hardy, formerly a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys, has been training for several months in gyms in Dallas in the hopes of making his debut. 

MMAFighting.com reports that a number of promotions are interested in signing the 6ft 4in 278lbs fighter, who would be classed in the heavyweight division should he stay at 265lbs or above.

"I'm very focused and excited to start my MMA career," Hardy said in a statement to MMAFighting.com. "I'm going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that.

"I'm fully committed to being as successful as I can be in this sport," he added.

In 2014, Hardy was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, who claimed he threw her against the wall and in a bathtub.

The 28-year-old, who was arrested last month for possession of cocaine, played for the Carolina Panthers for five years before signing a short-term deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

His best season came in 2013 when he recorded 15 sacks and was named to the Pro Bowl team.