Hardy was duking it out with Josh Watson in the «Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship: Knucklemania 3» and, by the second round, he was eating the canvas.
Hardy’s nightmare started at the end of the first round when he got punched so hard by Watson, he went flying into the ropes, nearly crumbling to the ground.
Then, in the second round, Watson landed a crushing left hook that put Hardy flat on his back. He tried to get to his feet, but he couldn’t as the ref counted him out.
Last year, Hardy signed with BKFC, which promotes boxing without gloves. He previously had a deal with the UFC, but his contract was not renewed.
Hardy is best known for his 5-year NFL career in which he was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015. He played defensive end for the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys.