Chris Lytle delivering a solid right hook
The main event in Milwaukee will be a dragged-out battle between two veterans in the UFC welterweight division.
Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy brings his English-born attitude, red-striped hair and thunderous punches inside the Octagon against Chris "Lights Out" Lytle, who has never lost by submission or knockout in 53 professional fights.
Hardy, a gifted striker with good hand speed, powerful punches and a confidence in his stand-up game, will need to execute a solid game plan against the resiliency and tenacity of Lytle.
Looking to rebound from three successive defeats inside the Octagon, "The Outlaw" needs a decisive victory over "Lights Out" to not only remain employed by the UFC but to once again climb the welterweight ladder and challenge for the title.
Perhaps the most overlooked and potentially unappreciated competitor within the division, Lytle brings his no-holds-barred attitude in o the Octagon for each fight.
Unconcerned with his personal safety, "Lights Out" will do whatever it takes to secure a victory. Matching Anderson Silva for the most UFC fight bonuses with eight, Lytle's desire to win is trumped only by his propensity to entertain the fans.
This battle in the welterweight division will be very exciting. Both competitors enjoy standing and trading in the center of the Octagon and both are very skilled strikers.
Hardy is more of a kick-boxer, whereas Lytle is more of a traditional boxer.
Their similarities end there. Lytle clearly possesses the advantage in the ground game. With 21 submission victories, "Lights Out" is well versed in the jiu-jitsu department.
Conversely, "The Outlaw's" lack of jiu-jitsu skill has been his Achilles heel in the UFC. Even though Hardy has only been defeated three times by submission, his inability to bring the fight back to its feet by utilizing the necessary jiu-jitsu sweeps has been a thorn in his side.
Additionally, Hardy's takedown defense is sub-par, exposing his weakness in the grappling department.
Lytle's game plan will be to stand and trade with Hardy for as long as necessary. Possessing the ability to capitalize with a ground attack is clearly the advantage "Lights Out" possesses over "The Outlaw."
When the sweat is wiped and the blood is clotted, I predict that Chris Lytle will be victorious over Dan Hardy and position himself one step closer to challenging for the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Winner: Chris Lytle via split-decision victory