UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle will take place Sunday August 14th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The main event will feature two of the UFC’s most exciting welterweights fighting to get back in the win column.
Also featured on the card is Jim Miller and Ben Henderson, two lightweights who hope a win will bring them a title shot.
Also featured on the main card are former WEC title contender Donald Cerrone taking on top prospect Charles Oliveira and TUF season 7 winner Amir Sadollah taking on Duane Ludwig.
Although this card doesn't feature some of the bigger names in the UFC, it does feature stars in the making, top fighters fighting for title shots and for their jobs.
Here are some predictions for another exciting main card.
Season 7 TUF winner Amir Sadollah is currently on a two fight winning streak. Sadollah is 5-2 overall, and looked impressive in his last outing against DeMarques Johnson.
His opponent will be veteran, Duane Ludwig.
Ludwig is 20-11 and has faced fighters like Jim Miller, Takanori Gomi, and BJ Penn.
Ludwig may be most famous for having one of the quickest KO’s in UFC history against Jonathan Goulet.
Although Ludwig will have the experience factor, I believe Sadollah still feels like he has something to prove to everybody and will win this fight.
This could make for a good stand up fight, but Sadollah could also exploit Ludwig on the ground and pick up the submission vistory.
Prediction: Sadollah by submission or decision
This is a fight that could win submission or fight of the night.
Charles Oliveira is one of the best prospects at lightweight. Oliveria has run into some trouble recently though.
After going 14-0, Oliveira lost to Jim Miller at UFC 124. To make matters worse, Oliveira next fight saw him hit Nik Lentz with an illegal knee. Oliveira originally won the fight, but it was eventually ruled a no contest.
Donald Cerrone on the other hand has looked good since entering the UFC. The former WEC title contender has won his last 4 fighters, including UFC fights against Paul Kelly and Vagner Rocha.
This is a tough fight to call. Both fighters are good with submissions, and both can do some damage standing up.
I have to give the edge to Cerrone though. Oliveria is a tough challenge, but Cerrone has been on a role lately. He’s looking to make a strong push for a title and I don’t see him getting stopped just yet.
Prediction: Cerrone by Decision
In a match that could determine the number one contender at 155lbs, Jim Miller will face Ben Henderson.
Miller has long believed that he deserves a shot at the best, and a win over Henderson should put him in the top spot for a title shot.
Henderson a former WEC lightweight champion, who had it not been for Anthony Pettis and “the Kick” he would be in a better position to fight for a title.
If Henderson wins, it will be good for his resume, but I don’t believe it will be enough to earn him a title shot just yet.
That being said, I believe Miller will pull out the win Sunday night.
Miller has been too good as of late, and I believe he will take advantage of finally having a fight against a high profiled name. While I can’t see him stopping Henderson, I believe he will take a hard fought decision.
Prediction: Miller by Decision
This is a tough fight to call.
On one had you have Mr. Award of the Night in Chris Lytle. Besides being tied for the most fight night bonuses, Lytle has never been knocked out or submitted in his 53 fights.
Lytle was on a role winning four straight before facing late replacement Brian Ebersole at UFC 127.
Hardy on the other hand is a former title contender who has lost three straight fights. Despite having international appeal, the Englishman is fighting for his UFC career.
Rarely do we see anyone keep their job after losing 3 straight convincingly. A fourth loss would get Hardy the axe for sure.
The fan and Hoosier in me tells me to go with Lytle because he can stand and trade with guys or take it to the ground and submit guys.
Hardy lacks in the wrestling department, but he hasn’t been a easy guy to submit. Both Anthony Johnson and Georges St-Pierre were able to get Hardy down, but neither man could get the submission stoppage.
If the fight does remain standing, I think Hardy may have an advantage because he’s a more technical striker. He’s also been working on his wrestling which can only do him wonders.
As much as I hate to pick against Lytle, I believe Hardy will come out a man possessed. He will have to if he wants to keep his job.
Prediction: Hardy by Decision