Chris Lytle Completes MMA Career With Storybook Ending at UFC on Versus 5

Filed under: UFC, NewsMILWAUKEE – Chris Lytle could not have written a much better storyline to leave the sport of mixed martial arts.

The welterweight, who made a somewhat surprising announcement less than 24 hours from his UFC on Versus 5 main even…

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Chris Lytle wins his final UFC fight at UFC on Versus 5.MILWAUKEE – Chris Lytle could not have written a much better storyline to leave the sport of mixed martial arts.

The welterweight, who made a somewhat surprising announcement less than 24 hours from his UFC on Versus 5 main event against Dan Hardy that the fight would be his last, went out with the type of fight he has become known for. And he went out with a victory, to boot.

Lytle submitted Hardy late in the third round Sunday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. And to go along with the win, he won a pair of now-record ninth and 10th fight night bonus checks – as well as a 2012 Harley-Davidson Blackline motorcycle.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better to happen,” Lytle said at the post-fight press conference. “But of course I’m pretty sad. I’ve been doing this since ’98. That’s all I know. It’s tough.”




Lytle’s career never was really a fairy tale story, but it sure seemed to end that way. When Hardy shot for a late takedown in the third round, the perfect ending to a remarkable MMA career started to take form.

Lytle latched on to a guillotine choke, after 14 minutes of standing and trading bombs with Hardy, and forced the former welterweight title challenger to tap with just 46 seconds left in the fight. Already tied for the UFC‘s all-time lead in fight night bonus awards going into the fight, Lytle was given the FIght of the Night award as well as the Submission of the Night award from UFC president Dana White. Each was worth $65,000.

Lytle, who has more than 50 pro fights in his career, as well as more than a dozen professional boxing matches, finished his UFC career at just 10-10. But it was his always-exciting style that made him a hit with fans, as evidenced by the 10 bonus awards – six for Fight of the Night, three for Submission of the Night and one for Knockout of the Night.

Lytle said he was retiring to focus on his family. The Indianapolis firefighter has four children and said it was time for him to make choices in his life that weren’t all about his fighting career. Two of Lytle’s children joined him in the cage immediately after his victory.

Hardy dropped his fourth straight fight after winning the first four fights of his UFC career. His current four-fight skid started with a loss to Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111 in a welterweight title fight. He said he will need to go back to the drawing board and figure out where he will take his career.

But UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said via Twitter that Hardy will not be cut despite the four losses, saying they love fighters who go to war.

“A lot of people are three losses and out, and I’m four down now,” Hardy said. “So I appreciate (being able to stay around). If they are going to give me one more fight, I need to take some time and come back reinvented. I tried to do that with a different hair color this time, and maybe that wasn’t enough.”

In the co-main event, Jim Miller saw his lightweight winning streak end at seven with a unanimous decision loss to former WEC champ Ben Henderson. Miller (20-3, 9-2 UFC) was set to be positioned as the likely next lightweight title challenger, to meet the winner of the rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, who will meet in the main event of UFC 136 on Oct. 8 in Houston. But Henderson (13-2, 2-0 UFC) threw a major wrench into that plan with a dominating victory, dismantling Miller with relative ease.

Also on the main card, another fighter making some noise in the lightweight division kept on rolling. Donald Cerrone saw his winning streak reach five with a Knockout of the Night win over Charles Oliveira. Cerrone (16-3, 1 NC, 3-0 UFC) came out blazing and stopped Oliveira (14-2, 1 NC, 2-2 UFC, 1 NC) with strikes after a big body shot.

The former WEC star has won all three of his fights in the UFC since the merger with his former home promotion at the start of the year. Oliveira has fallen on rough times his last three fights. After starting his career 14-0 and winning his first two UFC fights in Submission of the Night fashion, Oliveira has two losses and a no contest in his last three fights. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, just 21, has been brought along quickly with five fights in just over one year in the promotion.

 

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Chris Lytle Adds to Record, Takes Two Bonus Awards at UFC on Versus 5

Filed under: UFC, NewsMILWAUKEE – It’s really no surprise at all, is it, that Chris Lytle, in his swan song, would steal the show and take home not just one, but two post-fight bonus awards?

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MILWAUKEE – It’s really no surprise at all, is it, that Chris Lytle, in his swan song, would steal the show and take home not just one, but two post-fight bonus awards?

Lytle, who was a bonus machine in his time with the UFC, at one time winning four straight and seven in eight fights, added to his record total on Saturday night at UFC on Versus 5 in Milwaukee with a pair of bonuses – Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night.

UFC president Dana White made the bonuses official after the card at the Bradley Center. For his TKO win over Charles Oliveira on the main card, Donald Cerrone won Knockout of the Night. Each of the bonuses was worth $65,000 – a record for a UFC event on free TV.




Lytle announced late Saturday that his main event against Dan Hardy would be his final fight, electing to hang up the gloves after more than 50 career fights. Though he entered the fight with Hardy with a sub-.500 UFC record at 9-10, it was his propensity to always deliver exciting fights that endeared him to the fans, fellow fighters and his UFC bosses.

With the two bonuses, Lytle ends his career with 10 in 20 UFC fights, pulling ahead of middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who was tied with him at eight going into Sunday night. Lytle also won a new 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which had been promised to the winner of the main event. MIlwaukee is home to Harley, one of the UFC’s top-tier sponsors.

Lytle and Hardy both promised to stand and trade throughout the fight – and they did for 14 minutes, until Hardy inexplicably shot for a takedown. Lytle used that takedown to latch on to a guillotine, and Hardy was forced to tap.

Earlier on the main card, Cerrone, who has been down on himself for what he claims are notoriously slow starts, finally got out to a fast start against Oliveira. He pounded the highly touted prospect out just about three minutes into the first round.

 

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Chris Lytle Adds to Record, Takes Two Bonus Awards at UFC on Versus 5

Filed under: UFC, NewsMILWAUKEE – It’s really no surprise at all, is it, that Chris Lytle, in his swan song, would steal the show and take home not just one, but two post-fight bonus awards?

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MILWAUKEE – It’s really no surprise at all, is it, that Chris Lytle, in his swan song, would steal the show and take home not just one, but two post-fight bonus awards?

Lytle, who was a bonus machine in his time with the UFC, at one time winning four straight and seven in eight fights, added to his record total on Saturday night at UFC on Versus 5 in Milwaukee with a pair of bonuses – Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night.

UFC president Dana White made the bonuses official after the card at the Bradley Center. For his TKO win over Charles Oliveira on the main card, Donald Cerrone won Knockout of the Night. Each of the bonuses was worth $65,000 – a record for a UFC event on free TV.




Lytle announced late Saturday that his main event against Dan Hardy would be his final fight, electing to hang up the gloves after more than 50 career fights. Though he entered the fight with Hardy with a sub-.500 UFC record at 9-10, it was his propensity to always deliver exciting fights that endeared him to the fans, fellow fighters and his UFC bosses.

With the two bonuses, Lytle ends his career with 10 in 20 UFC fights, pulling ahead of middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who was tied with him at eight going into Sunday night. Lytle also won a new 2012 Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which had been promised to the winner of the main event. MIlwaukee is home to Harley, one of the UFC’s top-tier sponsors.

Lytle and Hardy both promised to stand and trade throughout the fight – and they did for 14 minutes, until Hardy inexplicably shot for a takedown. Lytle used that takedown to latch on to a guillotine, and Hardy was forced to tap.

Earlier on the main card, Cerrone, who has been down on himself for what he claims are notoriously slow starts, finally got out to a fast start against Oliveira. He pounded the highly touted prospect out just about three minutes into the first round.

 

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Donald Cerrone Pounds Out Charles Oliveira

Filed under: UFC, NewsDonald Cerrone put on an absolutely sensational show at Sunday night’s UFC event, winning a first-round technical knockout over a very good opponent in Charles Oliveira.

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Donald Cerrone put on an absolutely sensational show at Sunday night’s UFC event, winning a first-round technical knockout over a very good opponent in Charles Oliveira.

Cerrone, who moved to the UFC this year after fighting in World Extreme Cagefighting, is now 3-0 inside the Octagon, and he’s rising up the ranks in the welterweight division.

“This was a perfect fight for me to show my skills,” Cerrone said afterward.



After a couple minutes of Cerrone and Oliveira feeling each other out on their feet, Cerrone began to push the pace of his striking, and he landed a hard punch to Oliveira’s midsection. That hurt Oliveira, and Cerrone followed up with a hard knee just as Oliveira was falling onto his back.

Mindful that Oliveira is an excellent Brazilian jiu jitsu practitioner, Cerrone at first hesitated to follow Oliveira to the ground. But after a moment Cerrone stood over Oliveira and rained down punches, and when Oliveira did nothing more than cover up his head, the referee stepped in to stop the fight, 3 minutes and 1 second into the first round.

For Oliveira, the last several months have been a huge disappointment: Not long ago he was 14-0 and considered one of the sport’s truly elite young fighters, but in his last three fights he has two losses and a no contest. But Cerrone is on a five-fight winning streak and looking better than ever.

 

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UFC on Versus 5 Live Blog: Donald Cerrone vs. Charles Oliveira Updates

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Charles Oliveira vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC on Versus 5.MILWAUKEE – This is the UFC on Versus 5 live blog for Donald Cerrone vs. Charles Oliveira, a lightweight bout on tonight’s UFC card at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Cerrone (15-3, 1 NC, 2-0 UFC) comes into the fight riding a four-bout winning streak, including his first two in the UFC following its merger with Cerrone’s old home base, the WEC. In his last four, Cerrone has cruised past Jamie Varner and Vagner Rocha by decision and has submitted Paul Kelly and Chris Horodecki. Oliveira (14-1, 1 NC, 2-1, 1 NC UFC) is looking to turn his fortunes around. After starting his UFC career 2-0, and winning the first 14 fights of his career, he has a loss and a no contest in his last two fights.

The live blog is below.




Round 1: Crowd is behind Cerrone here. And both fighters throw some nifty little kicks and jabs to star. Cerrone lands a nice knee to the body and tells Oliveira to come forward. But Cerrone throws a right kick, and it lands right in the mommy-daddy parts. Oliveira instantly covers up, and Mario Yamasaki gives him time and then sends him to a neutral corner. They have a nice moment in the middle on the restart where they have a peace offering. But it lasts only 1 second beore they kick each other some more. Inside leg kick from Cerrone, who has been saying he’s a slow starter. He seems to be off to a little quicker start tonight, and he pushes forward with a couple lefts and a leg kick. Cerrone lands a big body shot, then a knee while Oliveira is falling backward. Oliveira crumples to his back, Cerrone pounces and lands right-lefts over and over again until Oliveira can’t stop it and Yamasaki waves it off. So much for slow starts for the Cowboy.

Result: Donald Cerrone def. Charles Oliveira, TKO, 3:01 Round 1

 

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Charles Oliveira vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC on Versus 5.MILWAUKEE – This is the UFC on Versus 5 live blog for Donald Cerrone vs. Charles Oliveira, a lightweight bout on tonight’s UFC card at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Cerrone (15-3, 1 NC, 2-0 UFC) comes into the fight riding a four-bout winning streak, including his first two in the UFC following its merger with Cerrone’s old home base, the WEC. In his last four, Cerrone has cruised past Jamie Varner and Vagner Rocha by decision and has submitted Paul Kelly and Chris Horodecki. Oliveira (14-1, 1 NC, 2-1, 1 NC UFC) is looking to turn his fortunes around. After starting his UFC career 2-0, and winning the first 14 fights of his career, he has a loss and a no contest in his last two fights.

The live blog is below.




Round 1: Crowd is behind Cerrone here. And both fighters throw some nifty little kicks and jabs to star. Cerrone lands a nice knee to the body and tells Oliveira to come forward. But Cerrone throws a right kick, and it lands right in the mommy-daddy parts. Oliveira instantly covers up, and Mario Yamasaki gives him time and then sends him to a neutral corner. They have a nice moment in the middle on the restart where they have a peace offering. But it lasts only 1 second beore they kick each other some more. Inside leg kick from Cerrone, who has been saying he’s a slow starter. He seems to be off to a little quicker start tonight, and he pushes forward with a couple lefts and a leg kick. Cerrone lands a big body shot, then a knee while Oliveira is falling backward. Oliveira crumples to his back, Cerrone pounces and lands right-lefts over and over again until Oliveira can’t stop it and Yamasaki waves it off. So much for slow starts for the Cowboy.

Result: Donald Cerrone def. Charles Oliveira, TKO, 3:01 Round 1

 

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UFC on Versus 5 Weigh-in Results: Dan Hardy Needs Three Tries to Make Limit

Filed under: UFC, NewsMILWAUKEE – Dan Hardy got perhaps the loudest ovation at Saturday’s UFC weigh-ins – even though he wore Chicago Bears orange in green-and-gold Packers country. (OK, maybe it was meant to be Harley-Davidson orange.)

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MILWAUKEE – Dan Hardy got perhaps the loudest ovation at Saturday’s UFC weigh-ins – even though he wore Chicago Bears orange in green-and-gold Packers country. (OK, maybe it was meant to be Harley-Davidson orange.)

But Hardy, sporting bright orange for his signature mohawk, missed weight for his welterweight bout against Midwesterner Chris Lytle, weighing in at 171.5 pounds even after dropping four pairs of trunks that he wore for show. Lytle weighed in at 170.5 for the main event of Sunday’s UFC on Versus 5 card.

After the official weigh-in event concluded, Hardy was able to make not just 171 pounds, but 170, the UFC confirmed. Hardy took to his Twitter feed, saying, “Not sure what happend there, I was on weight when I left the hotel!”

All 22 of the other fighters on the card successfully hit their marks at the weigh-ins, which took place outside the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

Hardy is looking to snap a three-fight losing streak that started with a welterweight title fight loss to Georges St-Pierre last year. Lytle is coming off his first loss in five fights, a decision setback to Brian Ebersole in February. Both men have said they want to put a Fight of the Night-type performance on, promising to stand in the pocket and trade.

Jim Miller and Ben Henderson fight in the co-main event, an important bout that might determine the next top contender in the lightweight division. Miller comes in on a seven-fight winning streak, tops in the UFC outside champions St-Pierre and Anderson Silva. A win is likely to assure him a shot at the Frankie EdgarGray Maynard rematch winner in October. Henderson, the former lightweight champ in the WEC, won his UFC debut in April against Mark Bocek. And while an upset of Miller wouldn’t likely get him a title shot, it would throw a wrench into the division. Though for the second straight fight, Henderson had to strip down to make his mark, he eventually weighed in at 156. Miller came in at 155.5.

Also on the main card, Donald Cerrone and Charles Oliveira had one of the afternoon’s more intense staredowns after leaving the scale, though they did shake hands. Cerrone said Friday he finds his opponent to be cocky thanks to a smirk he gave him earlier in the week. Cerrone has won four straight in the lightweight division – two to close out his WEC career and his first two as part of the UFC. The former WEC star won five Fight of the Night bonuses with that promotion, and a third straight UFC win would likely elevate his name into future title talk. Cerrone was 156; Oliveira weighed 155.

The complete weigh-in results are below:

Main Card
Dan Hardy (170*) vs. Chris Lytle (170.5)
Jim Miller (155.5) vs. Ben Henderson (156)
Charles Oliveira (155) vs. Donald Cerrone (156)
Amir Sadollah (170) vs. Duane Ludwig (170.5)
Preliminary Card
C.B. Dollaway (186) vs. Jared Hamman (185)
Joseph Benavidez (135.5) vs. Eddie Wineland (136)
Ed Herman (186) vs. Kyle Noke (185)
Karlos Vemola (205.5) vs. Ronny Markes (205)
Alex Caceres (146) vs. Jim Hettes (145.5)
Cole Miller (155.5) vs. T.J. O’Brien (155.5)
Jacob Volkmann (156) vs. Danny Castillo (156)
Edwin Figueroa (136) vs. Jason Reinhardt (135)

* Hardy missed weight on his first try. After removing his trunks, he was still 171.5. On his third try, after the official weigh-in event, he made 170.

 

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