UFC on Versus 5: Report Cards for All Main Card Fighters
Chris Lytle ended his MMA career in a way that most fighters do not—with a win.
On Saturday, Lytle announced that his bout against Dan Hardy would be his last. Proving to all that he wanted to put on one last great performance for the fans, Lytle stood and traded with Hardy for 14 minutes, before securing the victory with a guillotine choke.
In other action, Ben Henderson made his case for the No. 1 contender position in the lightweight division when he went "beastmode" on Jim Miller for three rounds.
As the betting underdog, Donald Cerrone, scored his first ever knockout victory when he made quick work of Charles Oliveria.
And in the opening bout on Versus, Duane Ludwig put on a Muay Thai clinic for three rounds against Amir Sadollah.
So despite the fact that they won or lost, how did each fighter perform? Read on to find out.
Chris Lytle: A
Chris Lytle definitively ended his career on a high note. For the better part of three rounds, Lytle went toe-to-toe with Dan Hardy. Both fighters gave and took some big shots, but Lytle seemed to have the slight edge.
As the clock started to dwindle away in Round 3, Hardy shot in for a takedown, and Lytle sunk in the fight-ending guillotine.
Lytle's performance earned him "Fight of the Night," "Submission of the Night" and a brand new Harley Davidson.
Hop on that new Harley and ride off to the sunset, Chris.
Jim Miller: C-
For quite a while now, people looked at Miller as one of the best lightweights in the UFC. While he still holds that honor, one has to question his game plan against Ben Henderson.
Miller is a monster on the ground, but the problem is that Henderson seems to have super human abilities when it comes to submission defense.
When Miller went for his multiple submission attempts, he paid dearly as Henderson would pound away with hard punches and elbows.
Miller's stock is going to slip a bit, but a couple of good wins will put him right back in to title contention.
Ben Henderson: A
Beastmode. That is the best way to describe Ben Henderson after his destruction of Jim Miller.
There were many points in the fight where Miller had Henderson locked up in deep submission attempts.
But each time, Henderson was able to fight his way out and make Miller pay for even trying the submission.
Henderson is for real, folks. If he did not stake his spot as the No. 1 contender, do not be surprised if we see Henderson vs. Clay Guida for the honor of taking on the winner of Edgar-Maynard.
Donald Cerrone: B+
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Everyone watching the event on Versus got to see a first in the sport of MMA: Donald Cerrone scored a TKO victory.
Cerrone seemed to be too big and strong for Oliveira. A left hook to the body put Oliveira down, and a barrage of punches prompted a referee stoppage.
Cerrone seems to be primed for a step up in competition. Do not be surprised if his next fight is against a top 10 competitor.
Amir Sadollah: C
Sadollah showed his always improving MMA game against Duane Ludwig, but it just was not enough to defeat his much more experienced opponent.
Ludwig's face showed that Sadollah landed some good shots during their fight, but it was very clear that Sadollah's stand-up was not on the same level of Ludwig's.
Sadollah again stumbled against higher level opposition. It may be a little unfair to label him as a gatekeeper after only eight professional fights, but it's looking like that will be his role in the welterweight division.
Charles Oliveira: D-
What is there to say about someone who was blown out of the water?
It was clear that Oliveira was at a disadvantage when it came to size and class.
Expect to see Oliveira fighting at featherweight the next time he steps inside the Octagon.
Duane Ludwig: B+
Duane Ludwig's experience was just too much for Amir Sadollah Sunday evening.
After the fight, both fighter's faces showed that they had been in a war, but Ludwig showed he was the more technical striker for the duration of the bout.
Ludwig always seems to be around, but never seems to be able to come through when put up against top-tier competition. At 33 years old, if he is going to make a last run, it is going to be now.
Dan Hardy: C
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Once again, Hardy's horrible wrestling proved to be his ultimate downfall.
Throughout the fight, Hardy landed some good punches that stunned Lytle, but the volume of body shots Lytle landed really seemed to take its toll towards the end of the fight.
Despite dropping his fourth fight in a row, Hardy is not going anywhere. Just after the fight, Lorenzo Fertitta tweeted that Hardy would not be cut from the promotion.
This is amazing considering this is Hardy's fourth straight loss in the UFC.