Lytle Guillotine Finishes Hardy

By Brian Knapp Aug 15, 2011
Chris Lytle went out with a storybook ending.

In his final mixed martial arts appearance, Lytle submitted former welterweight title contender Dan Hardy with a mounted third-round guillotine choke in the UFC Live 5 headliner on Sunday at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. On the verge of unconsciousness, Hardy submitted 4:16 into round three.

Lytle (31-18-5, 10-10 UFC) -- a fulltime Indianapolis firefighter who turns 37 on Thursday -- controlled vast stretches of the bout with a mix of textbook boxing and wild brawling. He often attacked Hardy’s body with thudding right hands and followed up with clean left hooks to the head. For reasons known only to him, the Brit largely abandoned his kicks, allowing Lytle to close the distance with no resistance and work him over with punches.

Hardy (23-10, 1 NC, 4-4 UFC) wobbled Lytle twice with short right hands, but the veteran retreated and defended until he regained his wits, then returned to slamming punches into his foe’s body and head. Late in the third round, Hardy stepped up his pace with punches, but made a critical mistake and shot in for a takedown. Lytle snatched the guillotine, moved into mount and finished it.

“I honestly love fighting. I love fighting for the UFC,” said Lytle, who announced his retirement on the eve of the bout. “I love it probably more than anything in my life, except for one thing and that’s my family.”

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Henderson dominated Miller.
Henderson Dominates, Upsets Miller

Former WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson dazzled in what will undoubtedly go down as a career-changing performance, as he smashed through the world-ranked Jim Miller in a surprising, one-sided unanimous decision in the co-main event. All three cageside judges scored it for Henderson: 30-27, 29-28 and 30-26.

Henderson (14-2, 2-0 UFC) assaulted Miller with savage ground-and-pound throughout the 15-minute affair, slicing into him with wicked elbows and battering him with powerful punches. Henderson was superior in every facet of the game, as he kept Miller (20-3, 9-2 UFC) on his back and dominated the AMA Fight Club standout like no one else had before.

Based at the MMA Lab in Glendale, Ariz., Henderson punctuated his victory in the third round, as he scored with another takedown and moved to full mount on the rugged New Jersey native with 2:46 to go.

Elbows and punches fell, forcing Miller to surrender his back. Henderson nearly cinched a rear-naked choke before abandoning the hold in favor of punches from the rear. Everything -- striking, wrestling and submission defense -- was on point for the 27-year-old.

Outside of an attempted standing arm-triangle choke and a failed try for a kneebar, Miller’s moments were few and far between. The defeat snapped his seven-fight winning streak.

Cerrone Stops Oliveira in First

Former WEC lightweight title contender Donald Cerrone took another important step forward in the 155-pound division, as he stopped Brazilian prospect Charles “do Bronx” Oliveira with a swarm of first-round punches. The end came 3:01 into round one.

The two lightweights traded liberally with one another, firing low kicks and punches with ill intent. Cerrone (16-3, 1 NC, 3-0 UFC) turned the tide with one shot, as he belted Oliveira with a thudding left uppercut to the solar plexus and sent him crashing to the mat in retreat. The Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts representative swarmed for the finish and did not let the opportunity escape his grasp. A hail of standing-to-ground punches forced Oliveira (14-2, 1 NC, 2-2, 1 NC UFC) to his stomach, and referee Mario Yamasaki moved in to save him from further damage.

“I had no choice [but to pull the trigger],” Cerrone said. “I knew he’d be right there in my face.”

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Ludwig beat Sadollah to the punch.
Ludwig Outstrikes, Outpoints Sadollah

Amir Sadollah made the decision to stand and strike with Duane Ludwig, and it did not serve him well.

Ludwig (21-11, 4-2 UFC) routinely beat “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 winner to the punch, blasted him with beautiful counter left hooks -- two of which left him on wobbly legs -- and mixed in wicked body shots en route to a unanimous decision in a welterweight showcase. All three cageside judges saw it the same: 29-28 for Ludwig.

The two welterweights jockeyed for position in the clinch at the outset, trading close-quarters knees and punches. However, at a distance Ludwig was the superior fighter and by a wide margin. He shook Sadollah (5-3, 5-3 UFC) with left hooks in rounds one and two, racking up points with speed, precision and power. Sadollah enjoyed his best stretch in the third period, as he secured a takedown, dictated the pace and landed a picture-perfect front kick to the face that had Ludwig smiling. By then, the fight was out of reach.

“I’m good at what I do,” Ludwig said. “I’ve been doing this since I was 15 years old.”


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