Ex-NFL Star Shawne Merriman

I’m Down to Fight Greg Hardy

… After Bare Knuckle Fight

9/16/2018 12:45 AM PDT


Greg Hardy vs. Shawne Merriman … in a fist fight?! 

Yeah, this could actually happen. 

Shawne — the former NFL superstar — is about to compete in his first bare knuckle boxing match … and if he wins, “Lights Out” says he’d LOVE to get in the ring against Hardy. 

Of course, Hardy has been crushing everybody since transitioning from the NFL to MMA — and has already earned a development contract with the UFC. 

Now, Merriman is following Hardy’s lead … sorta. 

The ex-Chargers Pro Bowl linebacker signed a deal with the World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation to brawl on Nov. 9 against Mike Bourke — a dude who once knocked out Ken Shamrock.

If Merriman wins, he tells TMZ Sports … a superfight with Hardy would be awesome. 

“I’ll definitely be open to see what Greg Hardy got to offer.”

By the way, this isn’t some fun experiment for Merriman — he’s been seriously training for years and believes, since he’s only 34, he can have a real future in combat sports. 

It all starts with Mike Bourke — and Shawne says he’s already putting together his fight plan. 

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