UFC Live 5: Results and analysis
It was an ending fit for a fairy tale. In his swan song fight, Chris “Lights Out” Lytle finished off Dan Hardy with a mounted guillotine choke in the third round. The ex-pro boxer controlled large stretches of the fight with a mix of classic boxing and wild brawling.
Hardy managed to wobble Lytle twice with right hands, but the veteran regained his composure and continued his attack to the Brit’s body and head.
Hardy, who is known mainly for his striking, shot in for a takedown in the third round and succumbed to the guillotine choke as a result.
What’s next for Lytle: A happy and well-deserved retirement is on the list for the veteran welterweight. Thanks for the memories!
What’s next for Hardy: Four straight losses usually means that a fighter is shown the door, but Hardy will be kept on board due to his popularity with the UK fans and the UFC’s mutual respect for a fighter that goes to war.
Former WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson scored a lopsided unanimous decision over highly-touted Jim Miller in what was undoubtedly the upset of the night.
Henderson controlled most of the fight with vicious ground-and-pound and was able to keep Miller on his back for the 15-minute stretch.
In the third round, a desperate Miller surrendered his back and almost fell victim to a rear naked choke. The fight marks Miller’s first loss in eight fights.
What’s next for Henderson: This fight puts him right in the mix of lightweight contenders. A fight with Clay Guida would be exciting.
What’s next for Miller: The humbling loss shouldn’t set Miller back too much, though it’s clear he needs to spend some time improving his skills before his next fight.
Other fights on the main card:
Lightweight: WEC alum Donald Cerrone finished Charles Oliviera in brutal fashion in the first round. ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has emerged as a strong contender and will be looking for a big fight after largely avoiding damage.
Lightweight: Veteran kick-boxer Duane Ludwig scored a unanimous decision over TUF Season 7 winner Amir Sadollah
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