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UFC Live – Hardy vs. Lytle Preview

August 13, 2011 2 comments

The UFC’s fifth Versus event will take place tomorrow night featuring a headlining bout between Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle.  The main event label seems more appropriate for a fight between top 15 lightweights Jim Miller and Ben Henderson.  The rest of the card features some decent fights, though nothing too exciting.

As always, we’ve got a really awesome bantamweight fight buried on this card.  The second ranked bantamweight in the world, Joseph Benavidez, is fighting number 12 Eddie Wineland.  How on earth doesn’t this fight get a spot on the main card?  This fight is relevant in the bantamweight title picture, but instead we get a fight between Amir Sadollah and Duane Ludwig?  Give me a break.

Nonetheless, UFC Live – Hardy vs. Lytle will be live tomorrow on Versus at 9:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST, while the preliminary fights will be broadcast on Facebook beginning at 5:45 PM EST/4:45 PM CST.  Despite the event taking place up the road in Milwaukee, I shan’t be in attendance for the proceedings.  Ultimately, I had to decide whether I wanted to see Strikeforce in Hoffman Estates, see the UFC in Milwaukee, or if I wanted to see both and be poor.  I think I chose wisely.

Welterweight: Dan Hardy (23-9, 1 NC, No. 23 WW) vs. Chris Lytle (30-18-5, No. 24 WW)

Chris Lytle is going to win this fight.  I’m absolutely convinced that we’ll be seeing Lytle pull off the win here.  Hardy has looked supremely unimpressive in his last three fights and Chris Lytle is going to do his best to knock Hardy’s head into the fourth row of the Bradley Center.

Of course, the UFC is likely hoping Hardy pulls out the win since it’s always good to have popular British fighters picking up wins to bolster the UFC’s international marketability.  That seems like a pipe dream here since Chris Lytle is double tough and has never been knocked out in more than fifty fights.  Think about this: of Lytle’s eighteen losses, two have been by doctor’s stoppage and the other sixteen have been by decision.

This fight isn’t going to a decision.  Chris Lytle will be victorious.

Lightweight: Jim Miller (20-2, No. 6 LW) vs. Ben Henderson (13-2, No. 15 LW)

This is going to be an outstanding fight.  Absolutely outstanding.  These two submission artists are going to put on a grappling contest that I could not be looking forward to more.  Jim Miller has been as hot a fighter as anyone in the UFC and is probably the best UFC lightweight not named Edgar or Maynard.  Henderson still has a lot to prove after coming from the WEC, but looked pretty good against Mark Bocek in his UFC debut.

I really don’t see Jim Miller falling to Henderson in this fight, since Miller has been able to run through the lightweight division.  Henderson is a tough fighter who will pose a serious challenge, but I’m not sure Bendo has what it takes to defeat Miller.  I think we’ll see this fight go the distance and Miller will come out the winner.

Lightweight: Charles Oliveira (14-1, 1 NC) vs. Donald Cerrone (15-3, 1 NC)

This should be another exciting lightweight fight between two of the rising stars in the UFC.  Oliveira has looked really good in the UFC with his only loss to the aforementioned Jim Miller.  Cerrone hasn’t lost since WEC 48, where he was submitted by another fighter on this card in Ben Henderson.

Cerrone has won his first two UFC fights, but he has really failed to impress.  On the other hand, Oliveira has been quite the exciting fighter and would have an extra win on his resume if not for an illegal knee against Nik Lentz.  I think Cerrone’s a bit more well rounded of a fighter, while Oliveira is still a little raw and rough around the edges.  I think I like Cerrone to take a decision win here, but Oliveira could surprise many with a win here.

Welterweight: Amir Sadollah (5-2) vs. Duane Ludwig (20-11)

It’s do or die for Ludwig here, who has gone almost three years since having a really big win.  He’s an exciting fighter, but the UFC needs exciting fighters to actually win fights.  Sadollah is a largely unproven fan favorite who has faltered against some of the top flight talent in the UFC.

In Duane Ludwig, Sadollah could get a win over a fighter with a bigger name who hasn’t looked impressive as of late.  Sadollah could take a submission win over Ludwig, who will likely be gone from the UFC with a loss tomorrow night.

Middleweight: Jared Hamman (11-3) vs. C.B. Dollaway (11-3)

I like Dollaway to come back with a win against Hamman since I don’t really care about this fight and don’t want to take the time to make an informed decision.  So there!

Middleweight: Ed Herman (22-9) vs. Kyle Noke (19-4-1)

This fight between two former Ultimate Fighter standouts could turn out to be an interesting one.  Noke and Herman are two of the more highly regarded prospects at middleweight.  Both fighters are very talented, though Noke has had more luck as of late.  Herman only recently returned after a layoff that lasted nearly two years, but he looked very good with a quick TKO win over Tim Credeur.

I’m not sure that Herman will have that kind of luck against Kyle Noke, who has gone 3-0 in the UFC since the Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale.  I’ll give the edge to Noke in this fight given his body of work in the UFC, but I won’t sleep on Ed Herman after his last performance.

Bantamweight: Joseph Benavidez (14-2, No. 2 BW) vs. Eddie Wineland (18-7-1, No. 12 BW)

I’ll say it again: this fight needs to be on the main card.  Benavidez is the clear number two fighter at 135 pounds with only two losses in his career, both to current UFC Champion Dominick Cruz.  Eddie Wineland goes from co-main eventing a UFC pay-per-view with Urijah Faber to fighting on the prelims of a Versus card.  Whatever.

I give Benavidez the edge, though Wineland is a former champion and could definitely pull out the win.  I like Benavidez to win this one by submission in what should be a very tightly contest fight.

Lightweight: Cole Miller (17-5) vs. T.J. O’Brien (16-4)

Light Heavyweight: Ronny Markes (11-1) vs. Karlos Vemola (8-1)

Featherweight: Jim Hettes (8-0) vs. Alex Caceres (4-3)

Lightweight: Danny Castillo (11-3) vs. Jacob Volkmann (12-2)

Bantamweight: Edwin Figueroa (7-1) vs. Jason Reinhardt (20-2)

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