NFL pariah Greg Hardy will make his full UFC debut in January at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Hardy (3-0), a former defensive end with the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys, will compete against Allen Crowder (9-3) at a UFC Fight Night on January 20 (AEDT), UFC president Dana White told ESPN.

The card does not yet have a headliner and will be the first event to be broadcast on ESPN as part of the $US1.5 billion rights package that was signed between the promotion and broadcaster in May.

Hardy, 30, was excommunicated from the NFL after details of an alleged 2014 assault on his ex-girlfriend became public. The case was dropped when the alleged victim did not appear in court to testify.

Prior to that, the accuser testified that Hardy threw her in the bathroom and then onto a futon filled with guns. An NFL investigation concluded Hardy used physical force on at least four instances.

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