“UFC on Versus 5: Hardy vs. Lytle” took place Sunday night inside the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
A welterweight shootout between Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle headlined the freebie fight card. In surprising news, Lytle announced late Saturday night this scrap would mark his final professional bout. After 12 years of competitive action, the 36-year-old decided to retire – win, lose or draw.
A critical lightweight scrap between Jim Miller and former WEC champ Ben Henderson served as the card’s co-featured contest.
Here are the results and play-by-play from tonight’s action:
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Edwin Figueroa Defeated Jason Reinhardt via TKO (Strikes) at :50 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Reinhardt waves Figueroa in to engage, but circles away as the crowd boos. Figueroa then drops him with a straight right, but Reinhardt recovers and gets back to his feet. Reinhardt powers through a guillotine choke and secures a takedown. Figueroa works his way back up and lands several shots and gets a takedown. Reinhardt survives the onslaught but looks dazed and confused heading back to his corner. Figueroa, 10-9.
2ndRound: Reinhardt is slow to get off his stool as the round begins. Figueroa defends an early shot and gets a takedown of his own. Figueroa moves to mount as the action hits the floor. He unleashes some vicious ground-and-pound and the fight is called.
Jacob Volkmann Defeated Danny Castillo via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: Castillo misses on a high kick but connects on a powerful leg kick. Castillo continues to pepper his opponent’s leg. Volkmann dives in for a takedown against the cage and winds up in half-mount. Castillo tries to buck Volkmann off, but he locks in a D’arce choke. Castillo finally manages to wiggle free and ends up in Volkmann’s guard. Volkmann secures a guillotine, but Castillo pulls out. Catstillo staggers Volkmann with a right hand and a kick to the body. Volkmann, 10-9.
2ndRound: Castillo trying hard for a takedown and gets warned by referee for grabbing the shorts. Volkmann drops to a reverse crucifix position, but Castillo gets free and works to top position. Volkmann sweeps and is back in half-mount. Volkmann tries another D’arce, but Castillo rolls free. Volkmann stays in top position and again locks up the choke. Castillo refuses to tap and rides it out until the horn sounds. Volkmann, 10-9.
3rdRound: Castillo knows he needs a finish and is coming out as such. The final stanza is much like the prior two rounds, as Volkmann is controlling the action. Not too much going on as the crowd boos. Volkmann, 10-9, 30-27 on our cards.
Cole Miller Defeated T.J. O’Brien via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:38 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Both fighters feeling each other out for much of the opening two minutes. O’Brien is charging forward and lands a straight right. Miller counters with his own right. O’Brien finding a home for his leg kicks, but appears to have injured his foot in the process. He’s moving a little gingerly, but seems fine. O’Brien is unleashing kicks again and seems to have shaken off the injury. Close round to score because there wasn’t much connecting by either. O’Brien, 10-9.
2ndRound: Miller drops him with a left hook and is standing over him kicking O’Brien’s legs. Miller locks in a guillotine choke and gets a body triangle. It’s a wrap.
Jim Hettes Defeated Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 3:12 in the 2ndRound
1stRound: Fast and furious action from both fighters, as Hettes tries for a leg lock. Caceres gets loose and is standing over him trying to unload bombs. Not much gets through. Hettes continues to look for a leg lock. Caceres is now going for some submissions of his own, but Hettes transitions and gets another takedown. Caceres attempts an omoplata, but noting comes of it. Hettes transitions and gets a hold of a leg again. Fun five minutes to watch. Hettes, 10-9.
2ndRound: Hettes misses on a big right, but tosses Caceres to the canvas with a judo throw. Hettes immediately goes for a choke, but releases and now takes his back. He now transitions to an arm triangle. Great grappling match, but Hettes is putting on a better show. Countless submission attempts by Hettes, not just in this round but the entire fight. Hettes gets a takedown and moves for a mounted crucifix. Caceres tries to pick him up, but Hettes grabs his neck and gets a rear-naked choke without getting his hooks in. Bruce Leroy is forced to tap. Thrilling scrap to watch, great performance by Hettes.
Ronny Markes Defeated Karlos Vemola via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Vemola throwing some bombs, but hasn’t connected on anything yet. Marks secures a takedown, Vemola gets up for a second but is planted right back down. Marks has held him down for a minute without throwing any strikes. Marks picks him up and slams him to the mat. Vemola tries a standing guillotine as the round ends. Marks, 10-9.
2ndRound: Vemola had a brief takedown, but Marks quickly returns the favor. Straight wrestling match thus far. Marks has him pressed against the cage, but isn’t unleashing much. He finally unloads some knees to the body. Marks impressively trips him to the ground. He moves to side control and is starting to throw down some ground-and-pound. Marks, 10-9.
3rdRound: Vemola looks gassed, but is coming out firing to start the round. Marks avoids punishment and has Vemola pressed against the cage and is kneeing his thighs. Marks plants him on his back again. Marks trying to put in work from the full guard. Marks advances to side control, but decides to cruise to an easy decision win instead of going for a finish.
Ed Herman Defeated Kyle Noke via Submission (Heel-Hook) at 4:15 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Noke connects on a right, but Herman takes him down for a brief moment. Noke reverses and has him pressed against the cage. Noke is a little too overzealous in his ground attack, as Herman is trying for a triangle choke/armbar. Herman was going for a left armbar, then immediately moves for a right armbar. Noke gets free and moves to side control. Herman attempts a kneebar, but releases that and locks in a heel-hook. Noke cries uncle and it’s over.
Joseph Benavidez Defeated Eddie Wineland via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
1stRound: Benavidez very active as he looks to close the distance. Wineland tags his eye, but Benavidez counters with an overhand right. Blood is coming from Wineland’s hairline. Benavidez scores on a two-punch combo that appeared to wobble Wineland. Blood is gushing from Wineland’s nose. Benavidez, 10-9.
2ndRound: Wineland lands a right and Benavidez turns away as if he received an eye-poke. The referee doesn’t step in and Wineland goes in for the attack. It appeared to be a clean strike. Benavidez pushes through, nonetheless. Benavidez finally goes in for a shot, but Wineland defends well. Benavidez, 10-9.
3rdRound: Benavidez clipped him with a right hook and Wineland is stunned. Benavidez goes in for a flying knee. Wineland survives, but is losing the standup battle badly. Wineland catches a kick and socks him in the face. Benavidez, 10-9, 30-27 sweep.
Jared Hamman Defeated CB Dollaway via TKO (Strikes) at 3:38 in the 2ndround
1stRound: Hamman very active with leg kicks that appears to have ticked Dollaway off. Dollaway comes back firing and gets a brief takedown. Dollaway puts him back down and advances to full mount. Dollaway goes for an arm triangle. It looked like it was deep, but Hamman manages to survive. Dollaway drops two huge bombs. Dollaway takes his back but is too high and Hamman reverses. He now gets to full mount, but Dollaway reverses. They are on their feet and Dollaway rocks him with two big strikes. Hamman can take a punch. Dollaway, 10-9.
2ndRound: Hamman is now on the attack and unleashing countless shots to Dollaway’s dome. Hamman takes him down and is standing over him unloading big bombs. Dollaway is now eating a ton of short elbows. Hamman moves to full mount and is laying the lumber. It’s over. Dollaway’s mug is busted up. What a difference five minutes makes.
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Duane Ludwig Defeated Amir Sadollah via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
1stRound: They come out firing to start the scrap. Sadollah losing the standup battle and eats a big right that staggers him. Ludwig is getting anything he wants and Sadollah looks hurt. Ludwig finding a home for his body shots. Ludwig, 10-9.
2ndRound: The middle round is very similar to the first five minutes. Ludwig is countering very well, staggering Sadollah a couple more times. Sadollah very active with his kicks, but he’s not inflicting nearly as much damage as what Ludwig is doing. Ludwig, 10-9.
3rdRound: Sadollah going for the gusto in the last round. He’s landed a couple of head kicks, but Ludwig marches forward. It appears Sadollah is looking to counter, but gets taken down. It’s possible he won the round, but he lost the fight on our cards. Sadollah, 10-9, although Ludwig wins 29-28.
Donald Cerrone Defeated Charles Oliveira via TKO (Strikes) at 3:01 in the 1stRound
1stRound: Oliveira connects on a head kick, Cerrone counters with a knee to the sternum. Cerrone accidentally kicks him in the groin and time is called. They fight on. Cerrone doing a good job of punishing his opponent’s legs. Oliveira eats a straight right and Cerrone is bringing the business. He drops the Brazilian with an uppercut to the stomach and pounces. It’s over.
Ben Henderson Defeated Jim Miller via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26)
1stRound: As expected, both lightweights came to fight. No clear winner of the standup war thus far, but Miller attempts a standing arm-triangle submission. Henderson holds on and puts Miller on his back for a brief moment. Henderson has him pressed against the cage, but Miller is attempting a kimura as they hit the mat. Henderson stands over him and unloads a few shots. Miller drops for a guillotine attempt, but nothing comes of it and Henderson winds up in top position. Miller eats several punches and an elbow as the round ends. Henderson, 10-9.
2ndRound: Miller is charging forward this round, but Henderson is game and takes him down. Miller is bleeding on the right side of his face. Miller goes for a leg lock, but Henderson holds on and takes him back down. Miller now tries for a heel-hook, but leaves himself open and Henderson is bringing the pain. He slams Miller to the mat again. Henderson looks fantastic. Henderson, 10-9.
3rdRound: Henderson kicks his legs out from underneath him, but Miller gets back up and tags Henderson. Although he fell to the floor, Henderson bounces back to plant Miller on his tail. More vicious ground-and-pound from Henderson. He takes his back and tries a rear-naked choke. Henderson is throwing everything at him on the canvas, looking for a finish but Miller is so gritty. Henderson is dropping bomb after bomb. Henderson just leapfrogged plenty of 155-pounders on the totem pole. Henderson, 30-27.
Chris Lytle Defeated Dan Hardy via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 4:16 in the 3rdRound
1stRound: Lytle has landed three solid body shots, but Hardy clipped him with a big right. It appeared to stun Lytle for a brief second. Hardy connects on a nice left hook. Lytle attacks the body again. Lytle starting to touch Hardy’s face quite a bit. Hardy is landing his fair share of shots, as well. Lytle hits his face three straight times. Lytle really finding a home for his body shots. Lytle, 10-9.
2ndRound: Lytle starts with a right to the head and left to the body. Both power shots. Lytle eats a left and is stunned. He recovers and they both get back in the pocket. Lytle accidentally pokes him in the eye and time is called. The fight resumes, as Lytle continues his attack. Hardy fires back with a left and knee to the face. Lytle hits him with an overhand right. Lytle nails him two more times as the round ends. Close round to score, but I’ll give it to Lytle, 10-9.
3rdRound: Lytle tags him with a left hook. And another. Lytle scores three more unanswered shots to the dome. Hardy badly needs a win, but isn’t fighting the final five minutes with the desperation one would expect. Hardy attempts a takedown, but Lytle goes for a guillotine on the way down and gets Hardy to tap.