UFC on Versus 5: Chris Lytle and the 10 Most Exciting Welterweights in the UFC
UFC on Versus 5 goes down on August 14, and it features a main event matchup between sluggers Chris Lytle and Dan Hardy. Both have lost their previous bouts, but wins and losses don't make them intriguing. Fans know what they will get when they enter the cage and that is non-stop fight action.
Lytle has never been finished in a career of more than 50 fights while Hardy has only been knocked out once in more than 30 bouts, which includes a five-round championship bout with UFC Welterweight Champion Georges St-Pierre.
From champions to contenders and up-and-comers, these 10 fighters bring a lot of energy to the cage, and it usually makes for exciting fights.
No. 10: Dan Hardy
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Dan Hardy is one of the UK's biggest stars in the UFC. He is currently riding a three-fight losing streak after being out-wrestled in two of those bouts and being knocked out in the other.
If Hardy "goes out on his shield" like he said he would after his loss to Anthony Johnson, expect to see a very motivated and determined fighter when he takes on Chris Lytle.
They will both be headlining the card. You know you are a draw when you can be part of a main event while still being on an extensive losing streak.
No. 9: Georges St. Pierre
As the UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges St. Pierre has a job to do in keeping his UFC title. This often makes for a cautious approach from the Canadian superstar, and it doesn't always go over well for fans who want to see him finish fights.
Still, as one of the most dominant champions, St. Pierre brings a lot of excitement to the cage, and that's worth something. His level of competition doesn't allow him to just go out there and let it all out. Winning is the first thing on his mind, and it's the hardest and most important thing to do when you are at the top of the division.
No. 8: BJ Penn
Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
BJ Penn can make almost any fight exciting with the right opponent. When he takes on Carlos Condit at UFC 127, fans can expect to see a candidate for fight of the year.
After a solid run as the UFC Lightweight Champion, Penn decided to move up to welterweight in 2010. He took on Matt Hughes in a rubber match at UFC 123 and knocked out the former champion in just 22 seconds.
Penn doesn't always bring that type of tenacity to the cage but when he does, it's a can't miss moment.
No. 7: Brian Foster
Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
Brian Foster is 15-5 in MMA with none of his fights going the distance. His UFC record consists of three victories and two losses.
He made his Octagon debut at UFC 103 when he fought Rick Story. He lost by arm-triangle choke but was awarded a fight of the night award in a very good fight.
Foster likes to come out fast, and it has worked for and against him on different occasions. He picked up a knockout of the night bonus for his first-round knockout over Forrest Petz at UFC Fight Night 22.
No. 6: Rory MacDonald
Rory MacDonald has a lot going for him at the age of 22. He is coming off his knockout victory over Mike Pyle from UFC 133.
He is talked about as the next Georges St. Pierre, and this makes any fight he is in very exciting to watch considering his age and improvement he is making in his game.
He entertained a hometown crowd of 55,000 at UFC 129 when he suplexed Nate Diaz three times in the third round of their fight. It was one of the most memorable moments of the card.
No. 5: Thiago Alves
Thiago Alves has some of the best muay-thai in MMA, and it's often on display in each of his fights.
He has used his stand up to defeat the likes of Matt Hughes, Josh Koscheck, Karo Parisyan, Chris Lytle and John Howard. In his 2006 to 2008 run for the UFC title, he defeated seven opponents and knocked out five of them.
"The Pitbull" needs to get a victory when he takes on prospect Papy Abedi at UFC 138. He is currently 1-3 in his last four bouts with losses against Georges St. Pierre, Jon Fitch and Rick Story. With his back against the wall, expect to see the scariest looking Alves yet.
No. 4: Nick Diaz
Former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion Nick Diaz is on a 10-fight win streak with only one of his wins having gone the distance. This includes stoppage victories over Paul Daley, Scott Smith and Evangelista Santos.
Diaz most recently stood toe-to-toe with Daley, who is considered to be the hardest puncher in the division. Diaz was dropped twice but came back to stop Daley in the final seconds of the first round.
He is going to be facing Georges St. Pierre at UFC 137 and will have to do everything he can to avoid being taken down by the superior wrestler. If he can do this, expect to see a very exciting fight with somebody probably getting finished.
No. 3: Diego Sanchez
Diego Sanchez may be one of the craziest fighters in all of MMA. Of his last six bouts, four have won fight of the night awards, including 2009's fight of the year versus Clay Guida. He also won fight of the year in 2006 when he fought Karo Parisyan.
He is also involved in a candidate for 2011's fight of the year when he fought back to win a decision against Martin Kampmann in March. Sanchez's face was bloodied and beaten badly, but he still kept coming forward and got in a few hard shots of his own and was able to bust up Kampmann.
His other two fight of the nights were against Joe Stevenson and Paulo Thiago. He will be facing Matt Hughes at UFC 135.
No. 2: Chris Lytle
Chris Lytle has said it many times that he would rather lose the best fight of his life than win the worst fight.
Fans appreciate Lytle's outlook on fighting to win and finish other than fighting not to lose. Ever since his first fight with Matt Serra, this has been the mindset of "Lights Out."
His number of UFC bonuses proves he is telling the truth. He has won five fight of the night awards with victories in only two of those bouts. He also has several submission and knockout of the night bonuses as well.
In a career of 53 bouts, Lytle has never been finished by anything other than a cut.
No. 1: Carlos Condit
It would be tough to think of Carlos Condit being in a boring fight. From 07' to 08', he went 5-0 in the WEC and finished all of his opponents. Four of those were championship bouts.
Condit's exciting style comes from his fearless attitude towards the sport. He isn't afraid to fight someone where they are at their best and he does it to prove a point. This makes him a very well-rounded fighter standing up and on the ground, and it showed in first round victories over Dan Hardy and Dong Hyun Kim.
Of Condit's 27 victories overall, he has finished 26 opponents. His only win that went the distance was a split-decision verses Jake Ellenberger.