Former NFL player Greg Hardy recently won his first pro mixed martial arts fight, reportedly earning a "development contract" with the UFC — which was acquired in 2016 for $4 billion by talent agency Endeavor with the help of private equity firms KKR and Silver Lake. It doesn't mean Hardy will necessarily fight for the UFC, but he's on that path if he continues to succeed in showcase matches organized by UFC president Dana White.
Why it matters: 29-year-old Hardy had 40 NFL sacks, but he’s better known for brutally beating his ex-girlfriend and being convicted of assault. That conviction was later dismissed on appeal, as the victim declined to cooperate after reportedly receiving a settlement from Hardy. But Deadspin unearthed photos, interviews and police reports that leave little doubt as to the horrific nature of his attack.