UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle Preview: Will the Welterweights Steal the Show?

Eddie WaltersAnalyst IIAugust 11, 2011

UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle Preview: Will the Welterweights Steal the Show?

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    The UFC will take to the state of Wisconsin for the first time in the sport's history, taking to the Bradley Center in Milwaukee for UFC Live on Versus. 

    Sunday night (Aug. 14) has all the makings of a good fight night, featuring Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson and Charles Oliveria vs. Donald Cerrone. But it's the lightweight fight between Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle that should be the "can't miss" fight of the evening.

    Let's take a look at some reasons why you don't want to miss this fight, and predict who will be victorious come Sunday night.

The Standup

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    These two fighters love to stand up and exchange blows with their opponents, so right off the bat this fight should have appeal to UFC fans. 

    I would give Hardy the slight edge on striking, though, it's tough to deny Lyte's knockout ability. Hady will also have a six-inch reach advantage over his competitor, which could be the difference in a stand-up bout like this. 

Career on the Line

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    When a fighter is essentially fighting for his career in the octagon, it should be worth watching. For Dan Hardy, this is exactly the case. 

    Hardy comes in having lost his past three fights, which in most cases would result in being axed by the UFC—but for Hardy, he has one more shot.

"Fight of the Night"

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    If history has taught us anything about Chris Lytle, it's that he's a fighter that will put on a show every time he steps in the Octagon. 

    Lytle not only has five "fight of the nights" to his name, but is also a "knockout of the night" and a "submission of the night" winner. Lytle arguably should have had another "submission of the night" award to his name for his arm bar/triangle choke submission of Matt Brown in UFC 116, but the award was given to Brock Lesnar instead.

    The ongoing theme here is that whether it's going the distance, knocking an opponent out or winning via submission, you don't wanna miss a Chris Lytle fight.

Who Takes the Battle of the Lightweights?

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    Obviously, we all know that Hardy and Lytle have the ability to go blow for blow in the stand up, so who prevails victorious?

    Dan Hardy is known for his knockout and punching ability, though, I'm under the belief that his stand up has always been a tad overrated, and it's finally catching up to him. Lytle, on the other hand, can match the stand up of Hardy while also possessing the ability to take the fight to the ground. That's not to say Hardy is an easy out on the ground by any means. Hardy proved against George St. Pierre and Anthony Johnson that even if you may be able to get him to the ground, he's not going to let you submit him. 

    I like what Lytle has done in his last three fights a lot more than what Hardy has done. Even with Lytle's last fight resulting in a loss versus Brian Ebersole (who has now won 9 strait bouts), his previous two against Matt Brown and Matt Serra showed me enough to still believe in Lytle. 

    I have Chris Lytle winning this one and ending Hardy's days in the UFC via unanimous decision.