UFC Live on Versus: Hardy vs. Lytle (Lytle’s retirement fight) Predictions. Better late than never.
This card holds some special significance, aside from it possibly being Dan Hardy’s last fight in the Octagon™. (Dan Hardy is riding a 3 fight skid). Chris Lytle has announced his retirement from the UFC and MMA competition.
From NBC Sports:
“I’ve been fighting since ’98, fighting forever, a lot of it is just that I’m not doing my responsibilities like I need to at home,” he said. “I feel like I’m not being the type of dad I want to. I got four kids and lots of times I feel just an immense sense of guilt for not being there in times when I should.”
“I just feel like I have a lot of things in my head that I feel guilty about,” he said. “I have a great time fighting, and I love fighting — I want to do it all the time — but I think that sometimes it’s time for me to not think about what I want and start thinking about what’s best for other people.
He stated it was to concentrate on spending more time with his family. For those of you unfamiliar, Lytle is a fulltime Firefighter in his hometown, with political aspirations. It is rumored he will make a bid for office in his state. With all of his obligations, it is understandable Lytle feels he is not spending enough time with his family. We at MMA Rants Today wish Chris good luck in his future endeavors. We enjoyed watching him fight, he will be missed.
The predicted winners are in Green, sorry for the Prelim card, I ran out of time,so I just put he winner down, the drinks are flowing at the MMA Rants Offices, and I want to get mine before the crew depletes my Sailor Jerry!
Welterweight Bout: Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle
This fight has gotten a lot more interesting with Lytle’s announced retirement. Now both men have a reason to put on the greatest fight of their careers. Lytle has won 8 UFC fight bonuses (tied with Anderson Silva for most) over his entire career, including 5 Fights of the Night, 2 Submission of the Night Honors, and 1 Knockout Of The Night Honors.Dan Hardy is on a losing skid, this loss will most likely signal the end of his UFC days. Lytle’s last fight, ever. Hardy’s fight to save his job. The recipe is there, the ingredients have been added, the oven is on. This really is a remarkably exciting fight. Even without the story lines, Lytle and Hardy come to fight, they both swing for the fences and look for the KO at every turn. It’s a hard fight to call, both fighters put it on the line, Lytle will want to retire on a win, Hardy want’s to keep his job. With all of the pressure on Hardy, I’m still going with him. He doesn’t want to go back to the regional circuit, plus his price-tag will be a bit to hefty for most promotions now. Plus, his achilles heel (wrestling) has been addressed by moving his training camp to Las Vegas and training with Roy ‘Big Country’ Nelson. Say what you will about Big Country, his takedown defense is high level. Add that all together and you get Dan Hardy by decision.
Lightweight Bout: Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson
Jim Miller is the perennial ‘always a bridesmaid, neve the bride’. With his spectacular record of 7 wins in a row, agains top quality opponents. Not to mention he is 20-2. Henderson is the ex WEC LW champion, dropping t he belt to ‘Showtome’ Pettis at the last WEC event before Zuffa absorbed it into the UFC. He hasa 13-2 record with 2 notable wins over Donald ‘Cowyboy’ Cerrone. Henderson is a fully rounded fighter with a solid skill set. He is under some pressure to prove his worth as his last fight was a bit lackluster. These fighters match up well, however I give Miller the edge due to his caliber of competition and his desire to put an exclamation point on his desire to fight for the title next. Expect Jim Miller to put on a clinic against Henderson, grinding out a brutal decision. Miller by Decision.
Lightweight Bout: Charles Oliveira vs. Donald Cerrone
Charles Oliveira is a phenom on the ground. He switches and transitions from submission to submission like a gatlin gun. That means, really really, really fast. It’s amazing to watch. Cowboy is dangerous on the ground, but not as skilled. However on the feet, Cowboy has the definite edge, his kickboxing skills serve him well. He utilizes his kicks and boxing to slow his opponent down, wearing on them with leg kicks and a constant barage of punches. When they are looking for an exit, Cerrone takes it to the ground and submits them. Always exciting, Cerrone is a fighter’s fighter. He comes to fight because he loves it. Loves it. He know’s he’s not anywhere near a title run, and doesn’t care. Oliveira is 14-1-1 with his last fight being the controversial Knee to a downed Nik Lentz resulting in the NC. Originally the fight was a sub win for Oliveira and Sub of the Night. Most of his wins have come by way of submission, to no one’s surprise. His stand up is solid, not as good as Cowboy’s, which is why I’m going with Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone by decision.
Welterweight Bout: Amir Sadollah vs. Duane Ludwig
Amir Sadollah is 5-2 while Duane ‘Bang’ Ludwig is 20-11 with a kickboxing record of 48-7-1. TO say he is more experienced than Amir is like saying the VW Beetle is a little slower than the Chevy Corvette. Despite his experience, Duane has lost to the upper class of the. Jim Miller, Lyle Beerbohm, Josh Thompson and Tyson Griffin to name a few. Amir recently put beating on DeMarques Johnson. Giving him a boost in confidence being only his 2nd fight to endy by strikes. Despite his lack of experience compared to Ludwig, Amir has proven to bee well rounded and dynamic. I’m going with Amir by decision.
Middleweight bout: C.B. Dollaway vs. Jared Hamman
Bantamweight Bout: Joseph Benavidez vs. Eddie Wineland
Middleweight Bout: Ed Herman vs. Kyle NokeEd Herman.
Light Heavyweight Bout: Karlos Vemola vs. Ronny Markes
Featherweight bout: Alex ‘Bruce Leroy’ Caceres vs. Jimy Hettes
Lightweight Bout: Cole Miller vs. T.J. O’Brien
Lightweight Bout: Jacob Volkmann vs. Danny Castillo
Bantamweight Bout: Edwin Figueroa vs. Jason Reinhardt
Rumble young man Rumble.