Greg Hardy Biography – MMA Fighter And Former NFL Player

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Greg Hardy Bio

Greg Hardy is a rising UFC star who competes in the Heavyweight division. Photo Source: Greg Hardy's Instagram.

Last updated on March 26th, 2022 at 05:18 pm

Greg Hardy is one of the well-renowned fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He has been showing his dominance in the Heavyweight division since 2019.

The sportsman previously played defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He played six seasons for several NFL teams and earned many honors. Despite ending a successful football career, he has achieved massive recognition in the MMA fighting world.

So, let’s learn more about Hardy’s net worth, UFC career, family, and more in this biography.

Greg Hardy Played Football In His Academic Years

The MMA fighter was born Gregory McKarl Hardy Jr., on July 28, 1988, in Millington, Tennessee, USA. He is known by his nickname, The Prince of War in UFC.

Greg Hardy’s father, Greg Hardy Sr., played defensive end in his college days. He might have inspired his son to pursue a football career. Likewise, Greg Hardy’s mother, Lan Hardy, must have supported his football passion wholeheartedly. He also considers his mom, Lan, his greatest hero.


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The teen played football, basketball, and track at Briarcrest Christian School. He also played four-year collegiate football at the University of Mississippi. In addition, he has a Bachelor’s degree in graphic design and minored in English.

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Greg Hardy, Net Worth – $4 Million

Greg Hardy’s net worth stands at $4 million. His fortune is thanks to his MMA career, prize money, sponsors, and endorsement deals. Similarly, his NFL contracts must have also added up to his riches.

The athlete first signed a four-year-long contract worth $2,775,784 with Carolina Panthers in 2010. He also received a signing bonus of $115,786. Moreover, he played for Dallas Cowboys and Richmond Roughriders later on.

Some of Greg Hardy’s NFL salaries are listed below:

Year Team Salary
2011 Carolina Panthers $405K
2012 Carolina Panthers $540K
2013 Carolina Panthers $1,300,000
2014 Carolina Panthers $13,116,000

Hardy earned $573,529 salary, $1,156,250 roster bonus, and $1,311,600 workout bonus from Dallas in 2015. So, his total worth must have increased during his NFL playing years.

Greg’s Income From MMA Fighting

After leaving NFL, Hardy switched to MMA fighting and made his amateur debut in 2017. He later competed in Dana White’s Contender Series 9 and received a contract for UFC.

The former NFL player’s first UFC match was against Allen Crowder on January 19, 2019. Since then, he has competed in many fights. Let’s look at some of them and the prize money he received:

Event Opponent Prize Money
UFC Fight Night 150 Dmitry Smoliakov $150K
UFC On ESPN 4 Juan Adams $163,500
UFC Fight Night 181 Maurice Greene $195K
UFC 264 Tai Tuivasa $100K + $6K (Sponsorships)

As per Tapology, Greg’s total career earnings is $375K. It will likely increase more alongside his new UFC wins.

Thus, Greg Hardy’s net worth of $4 million is well-deserved and earned. Another emerging star in the UFC is Umar Nurmagomedov.

Greg Hardy Was Arrested For Assaulting Ex-Girlfriend

The UFC fighter was previously in a relationship with Nicole Holder. The ex-pair got much attention after the player was arrested for assaulting his ex-beau in May 2014.

Greg Hardy’s ex-girlfriend, Nicole, filed a police complaint claiming he strangled her, threw her to furniture, and threatened her life. One judge found him guilty and gave him 18 months probation.

However, Hardy appealed the case and asked for a jury trial. But, his ex-partner, Nicole, refused to testify in court. Furthermore, the matter was dismissed, and the MMA fighter’s charges were expunged from his record. He also apologized and expressed regret in 2015.

After the incident, the athlete has kept his relationships private. So, who is Greg Hardy’s girlfriend is a mystery among his fans.

Hardy Is A Father Of Two

The MMA fighter is a loving dad of two adorable kids. His son, Carter Dallas, was born in September 2015. In addition, Greg has a Cowboys star tattoo with his firstborn’s name in the middle.

Likewise, Greg Hardy’s daughter, Mia, was born in November 2018. He often posts pictures of his children on Instagram. However, he hasn’t talked anything about his baby mama.

Greg Hardy Children
Greg Hardy has a son named Carter Dallas and a daughter Mia. Photo Source: Greg Hardy’s Instagram.

So, let’s wish the fighter and his family more happiness in the future.