Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy has had trouble with the law during his career -- enough that the Dallas Cowboys passed on Hardy's services this season. The 28-year-old is now reportedly readying for a transition to a career in MMA, according to MMAFighting.com. Hardy released a statement that said he was "very focused and excited to start my MMA career." But Hardy may have more trouble than he bargains for.
MMA fighters have a unwritten code of ethics -- and violence against women is near their top of no-no transgressions. Hardy was found guilty of domestic violence and assaulting a female in 2014. The UFC has an official Fighter Code of Conduct for its fighters to abide, but the MMA culture's underlying code -- based more on honor than on UFC commercial concerns -- is what Hardy may find himself on the wrong side of. In prison culture, certain criminals like sex offenders are often treated with contempt and face in-house retribution that, say, a bank robber doesn't. Hardy will face MMA opponents who carry a similar code -- and willingness (duty) to dispense justice -- in their fighting DNA.
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