Both earned a "fight of the night bonus" for their efforts. Lytle was also awarded the "submission of the night" award for his third round guillotine choke that ended a fan-friendly fight.
Former WEC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson made his second appearance in the UFC and surprised the most when he won a dominant decision over Jim Miller, who came into the fight on a seven-fight win streak.
Other fighters to win on the main card include Donald Cerrone and Duane Ludwig.
These are the real winners and losers. All have won or lost something extra than just the official result.
"The Messenger" Jared Hamman made a successful debut at middleweight when he stopped CB Dollaway in the second round of their back-and-forth battle in the final preliminary bout.
Hamman put on a fight of the night performance and has already received two FOTN awards in his previous fights inside the Octagon.
He may be one of the more exciting middleweight fighters without much exposure. This victory should get him a main card or Spike TV fight in his next appearance. It should also help him get a step up in competition.
Jim Miller dropped a unanimous decision defeat to former WEC Lightweight Champion Ben Henderson in the co-main event.
He didn't just lose the fight in dominating fashion. He lost a title shot against the only two men that put losses on his record prior to the Henderson defeat. It was almost a guarantee he was next in line had he made it past Henderson.
Miller took a seven-fight win streak into the fight, and it was one of the more impressive streaks inside the UFC outside of Anderson Silva and Georges St. Pierre.
Although Jacob "Christmas" Volkmann couldn't submit Danny Castillo, he dominated the Team Alpha Male member for three rounds to win a unanimous decision.
Volkmann gets his best victory inside the UFC, and it's also his fourth in a row since debuting in the lightweight division in 2010. He started his UFC career on a two-fight losing streak with losses to Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann.
With a 4-0 record in the UFC's lightweight division, he gets to take a step up in competition for his next fight. Depending on who it is, it could end up on the main card.
It would be his second appearance on a main card inside the UFC.
The Ultimate Fighter finalist Ed Herman got his second first-round victory in a row after submitting Kyle Noke in a preliminary fight.
He applied an inverted heel-hook to his opponent, forcing Noke to quickly tap in their short bout.
It's a big win for Herman, who was last seen fighting in June after a nearly two-year absence from the sport.
It is the first time he has gotten back-to-back wins in the UFC since 2007. His UFC career is safe and secure for now.
The Ultimate Fighter winner Amir Sadollah lost a decision to Duane Ludwig over three rounds.
Sadollah had a rocky start against the Muay Thai expert and was hit flush several times in the first round. He was rocked throughout the bout and fought back in the third to arguably win the round.
Still, it was not a good performance in defeat for him, and his approach to fighting will need to be reconsidered.
He now has a 5-3 MMA and 5-3 UFC record. Without much time to improve before a possible release from the UFC, Sadollah needs to take the losses and learn from them.
His days as a main card fighter are over for now.
Many picked former WEC fighters Ben Henderson and Donald Cerrone to lose their bouts, both of which appeared on the main card.
Cerrone took on dangerous up-and-comer Charles Oliveira. "The Cowboy" had an easy night and stopped the Brazilian in the very first round. He improves to 16-3 in his career and picks up his third straight UFC victory. Fights versus top contenders are now going to be in the works. He definitely deserves them.
Henderson fought the very tough Jim Miller. He used his wrestling to wear Miller opponent down over the distance. Before the scorecards were read, it was clear who the victor was. Henderson won on all scorecards, including one who scored it 30-26.
Now on separate paths, Cerrone and Henderson have many more options than just to fight each other—as they did twice in the WEC.
Henderson will await a title shot while Cerrone will have to find fights against other opposition.
With four losses in a row, it may be hard to call Dan Hardy a winner. Since he is able to keep his job, he can be considered one for tonight.
A victory wouldn't have done much for Hardy anyways. His weaknesses are obvious, and it doesn't appear they are going to get better anytime soon. As long as he puts on entertaining fights, he will have a place in the UFC.
The UFC is not keeping him around because they feel he can challenge for the belt anytime soon. They are doing it because he is a popular fighter from England, and the UFC can set up fights for the Brit that will attract fight fans and help draw crowds in the UK.
It's a good guess that he gets an easy opponent next time out. He will have no choice but to win that fight.
Chris Lytle ended his career tonight and went out like many UFC fighters usually don't—as a winner. He defeated Dan Hardy by submission in the final round of his career.
"Lights Out" will retire with a 41-18-5 record. He can say he has never been finished by anything other than cuts in a 12-year career, which includes 20 appearances in the UFC.
Lytle has earned six "fight of the night" awards, three "submission of the night" awards and a "knockout of the night" bonus. He was awarded both a FOTN and SOTN bonus for his fight tonight.
"Lights Out" has a full-time job as a firefighter. He announced in his post-fight interview that only his family is more important to him than fighting. It was more than enough motivation for him to call it quits after a 12-year career.