UFC announces Greg Hardy will face former NFL player Austen Lane in pro MMA debut

Greg Hardy will make his professional MMA debut against Austen Lane, another former NFL player.

It was announced during the UFC 224 broadcast that the two will face off in a heavyweight fight on June 12 as part of “Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series.”

The ongoing coverage of Alex Ovechkin’s chicken parm obsession is better than playoff beard stories. “It’s a tradition from day one,” Ovechkin told Emily Kaplan. “They have the Italian food always when we came to the rink, and it’s very delicious.”

Because all the evaluators added that before he returns to the NFL, Manziel must also show an improved ability to throw from the pocket, which would not only keep NFL defenses honest and prevent them from keying on his scrambling like the Chiefs did in his final appearance, but also help him preserve his smallish frame in a league full of behemoths. “If Manziel’s first receivers weren’t open, he was gone, out the pocket,” one evaluator told Yahoo Sports.

The new setup is designed to greatly reduce the amount of full-speed contact between the cover and return teams and, in turn, reduce injuries.

But even though the field is wider in the CFL, which makes for a more open game, it’s primarily a passing league because teams have only three downs to get 10 yards as opposed to four, meaning Manziel will conceivably have plenty of opportunities to work on his pocket passing if he nails down the job. Manziel has never been known as a tape fiend, let alone someone particularly obsessive about fundamentals. But some around the league wonder whether his on-field competitiveness and mental toughness — which one evaluator even compared to 2018 No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield’s — will finally begin to manifest itself in his weekly work habits if he’s indeed got his life together. “I felt like he could make it three years ago,” one decision-maker said.

Eli Apple is ready to move on from his rough 2017 season.cowboys_373

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