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Hardy Going ‘All-In’ Against Lytle Sunday Night

(Hardy says it’s either “kill or be killed” Sunday night against Lytle.)

Many critics are pointing to the welterweight scrap between Dan Hardy (23-9-0-1) and Chris Lytle (30-18-5) at UFC on Versus 5: Hardy vs. Lytle in Milwaukee on Sunday as being a a must-win match-up for the British striker, and by rights it very well will be considering he is 0-3 in his past three outings.

Hardy, who is cognizant of the high stakes of the bout, says that even though some might opt to play it cautious in his position, he’s still going to come out swinging and let the chips fall where they may, and he believes that Lytle will walk into the Octagon in the same frame of mind.

“That’s what I’m hoping for. Chris is an exciting fighter, and he always brings the fight,” Hardy explains. “I’m sure this fight won’t be any different. I’m always fine with trading punches until someone falls over…I like my odds in that gamble.”

“The Outlaw” says that he wants to be in the running for not only “Fight of the Night” honors Sunday night, but also for the coveted award of “Knockout of the Night” — a rather lofty goal considering no opponent has ever turned the “Lights Out” on Lytle.

“My goal is to be the first person to knock Chris out,” he says matter-of-factly. “I’m not sure when it will come or how it will come, but I have a lot of options, a lot of techniques that would get him out of there before the final bell.”

Hardy believes that he is a better striker than his 36-year-old opponent, who by day is an Indianapolis firefighter, and he says that he aims to prove it this weekend by besting Lytle and stopping the durable veteran.

“All I know is that the fight will be a war while it lasts, and my hand will be raised at the end.”

*Special thanks to Hardy’s sponsor RevGear for supplying us with the above quotes from “The Outlaw.”

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Jonny5- August 12, 2011 at 12:30 am
Who cares...?
Smitty- August 11, 2011 at 9:10 pm
I hope the word grapplefuck gets put into the dictionary!
markette518- August 11, 2011 at 6:44 pm
definitely FotN material
Lopes- August 11, 2011 at 2:22 pm
I hope and pray that Lytle repeatedly takes Hardy down and grapplefucks him.
mmaandrew34- August 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm
if he does what he says hes gonna do hes gonna get dropped faster than condit dropped him
RaginAsian- August 11, 2011 at 11:47 am
His path to the title was padded now he's exposed. I like Dan, I like his energy and I like his trash talk, but he's just another British gate-keeper.
newdeal- August 11, 2011 at 11:32 am
he probably liked the odds of standing up with condit also and we all know how that worked out. lytle is a very good fighter and I see him finishing a submission on Hardy and if hardy doesn't tap lytle won't hesitate to break it off like gsp did
J-Dog- August 11, 2011 at 11:30 am
“I’m sure this fight won’t be any different. I’m always fine with trading punches until someone falls over…I like my odds in that gamble.”

The professional sports books beg to differ!
danomite- August 11, 2011 at 11:25 am
50 bucks says Hardy tries to take Lytle down and lay n' pray a win. You may laugh, but 3 losses in a row will make people do some crazy shit. Seriously though, I think Lytle wins a unanimous decision and picks up FotN.