While some fans thought a lightweight scrap between Jim Miller and Ben Henderson would headline the Octagon’s Wisconsin debut, it appears a welterweight shootout between Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle will take top billing at “UFC on Versus 5.”
“Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle want to stand toe-to-toe until someone falls and that’s a recipe for an outstanding fight,” UFC president Dana White said. “This is the fight both guys wanted, so the fans in Milwaukee are in for a treat. The Miller-Henderson fight should be equally exciting since both guys love to come forward and press the action. We can’t wait to host our first event in Wisconsin this summer.”
Hardy owns a respectable 23-9 record, but is in the midst of a three-fight losing streak. After dropping a lopsided unanimous decision to champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 111, the slugger followed it up with a knockout loss to Carlos Condit at UFC 120 and then a decision defeat to Anthony Johnson at “UFC Fight Night 24.”
“This is the fight I’ve wanted and it’s the fight the fans wanted,” Hardy said. “Fans don’t like boring fights. They want two guys in there who are willing to go to battle. Chris Lytle always comes to fight, so this won’t be a boring fight. I can guarantee that.”
Lytle had rattled off four consecutive victories prior to his UFC 127 unanimous decision loss to Brian Ebersole. “Lights Out” holds an extensive 30–18–5 professional mark.
“I don’t like to take a fight unless I know it can potentially be the best, most exciting one of my career,” Lytle shared. “This fight has the potential to be that and more. I’m on a seek-and-destroy mission and I know that Dan is, too. I’m really excited for this fight.”
The August 14th event takes place inside the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Versus will broadcast the show live beginning at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
Here are the athletes expected to appear in the freebie fight card:
Edwin Figueroa vs. Jason Reinhardt
Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres vs. Leonard Garcia
Jared Hamman vs. CB Dollaway
Joseph Benavidez vs. Eddie Wineland
Danny Castillo vs. Jacob Volkmann
T.J. O’Brien vs. Cole Miller
Kyle Noke vs. Tom Lawlor
Duane “Bang” Ludwig vs. Amir Sadollah*
Stephan Bonnar vs. Karlos Vemola*
Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson*
Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle*
* – Only bouts announced today by UFC