Dan Hardy has lived about as long as he can on his red Mohawk, funky mouthpiece, and fading reputation as a knockout artist.
The hard-punching Brit has lost three straight and faces a do-or-die scrap Sunday against Chris Lytle at UFC Live 5 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
The Outlaw was manhandled by Georges St-Pierre in a welterweight title shot he didn’t really deserve and by muscular Anthony Johnson at UFC Fight Night 24. In between those one-sided decisions was the knockout at the hands of Carlos Condit when Hardy’s answer for losing was ‘Yeah, I got punched in the face.’
No kidding. He faces ‘Lights Out’ Lytle, who is a razor-thin -115 moneyline favorite at online sportsbook 5Dimes. The veteran fights just days before his 37th birthday and comes off a UFC 127 loss to Aussie Brian Ebersole (yes the same Ebersole who earned a $70,000 bonus last weekend for beating up Dennis Hallman and getting rid of those hideous blue Speedo shorts).
However, the most intriguing match of the night (and the one with the biggest title implication) is the Jim Miller vs Ben Henderson battle. The winner will stake a claim to a lightweight title shot against the winner of the Frank Edgar vs. Gray Maynard rematch.
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Ironically, the only two blemishes on 20-2 Miller’s record were losses against Maynard and Edgar.
Henderson, a former WEC champ with a pair of wins over tough Donald Cerrone, won his UFC debut against Mark Bocek and will be a +130 underdog against Miller, who comes in on a seven-fight win streak.
The card is chock full of former WEC stars as Cerrone is an underdog against Charles Oliveira, Duane Ludwig i s a huge +255 underdog against Amir Sadollah, and Joe Benavidez faces Eddie Wineland in another battle of top contenders at bantamweight (135 pounds).
More UFC Live 5 – Hardy vs Lytle Matchups:
Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle
Jim Miller vs. Benson Henderson
Duane Ludwig vs. Amir Sadollah
Donald Cerrone vs. Charles Oliveira
Joseph Benavidez vs. Eddie Wineland
T.J. O'Brien vs. Cole Miller
Kyle Noke vs. Ed Herman
Ronny Markes vs. Karlos Vemola
Danny Castillo vs. Jacob Volkmann
Jared Hamman vs. C.B. Dollaway
Jim Hettes vs. Alex Caceres
Jason Reinhardt vs. Edwin Figueroa