British brawler Dan Hardy will meet MMA veteran Chris Lytle at the “UFC Live 5” event scheduled for August 14. The matchup looks really good on paper and should leave MMA fans feeling satisfied after the event. Both MMA fighters are known for their willingness to trade and put it all on the line.
Hardy started off hot in the UFC, earning a title shot against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre. Hardy managed to survive five rounds against one of the best MMA fighters in the world, but wasn’t able to secure the decision. Ever since, Hardy has been unable to return to his previous form, getting knocked out viciously by Carlos Condit at UFC 120, and losing to Anthony Johnson in his next fight.
After his loss to Anthony Johnson at “UFC Fight Night 24”, Hardy actually asked for the fight against Lytle, calling him out on twitter. In his tweet Lytle said,
“Feeling very frustrated today. No excuses, sometimes you just don’t win. I hate having boring fights though. I want to fight again. I feel like I’ve been robbed of the reward at the end of training camp. An old school shootout with a guy that wants to throw down. Screw the rankings, records are for DJs. Win in a blaze of glory or go out on my shield. Someone like Mr Lytle…”
Now the UFC has answered Hardy’s prayers, giving him the matchup he asked for. While I have to give Hardy credit for his willingness to go against a solid MMA veteran like Chris Lytle, I don’t think calling out Lytle is the best thing for his career. Lytle has won five of his last six MMA fights, with his last win coming over former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra.
Coming off a loss to Brian Ebersole, Lytle will be motivated to get back in the winning column. Unlike Hardy, Lytle is a well rounded MMA fighter and that should be the difference maker in the fight. Hardy struggled against Johnson’s grappling and will probably have the same problems against Lytle.