Chris Lytle: My gameplan against Dan Hardy is to break both of his fists on my thick skullPosted on August 2, 2011, 02:50 PM by Joey Santosus
A Welterweight showdown between heavy-hitters Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle will headline the UFC on Versus 5 card, set for August 14th from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Top Lightweight contenders Jim Miller and Ben Henderson will go head to head in the co-main event, while Donald Cerrone meets Brazilian prospect Charles Oliveira. Also featured will be TUF 7 winner Amir Sadollah taking on Duane Ludwig and C.B. Dollaway squares off with Jared Hamman.
Below are highlights from today's UFC on Versus 5 Media Conference Call, which included headliners Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle, as well as Jim Miller and Ben Henderson. (Complete Audio at Bottom)
• (Relocating to Las Vegas) has been really good to be honest. I know it's a cliche, but it's the best training camp so far. I did the first two weeks here and then went back to England for four weeks with Team Rough House for my sparring. Then I came straight back out here for the last four weeks and it's been great. I've been working everyday with Roy Nelson and I brought my striking coach out with me. It's been good, there's a lot of talent in Vegas.
• (Expanding my game) is a continuous process. That's something I've got to work on for the rest of my career. But, I've already taken those steps and I feel like I've made a lot of improvements. I'm really comfortable wherever the fight goes. I mean, obviously everyone knows what I like to do and everyone knows what Chris (Lytle) likes to do as well, so I don't think there's any surprises there.
• If I break each one of the three fights I've lost down, every one of them are forgivable in a way. Obviously, GSP is the champ, he's one of the best in the world. And that was a fight where I just kind of went in and gave it my best. It was a learning experience for me and I did everything I could in the fight. In the Condit fight, my arrogance got the better of me, I just got caught. And the Anthony Johnson one, he's a big strong wrestler. I've said it before, sometimes you just don't win and that was one of those.
• (Running for Senate) is something that is important to me and something I've been looking into for a long time. I don't just jump into something on a whim. I've thought about this a lot. I care about the area I live in and I'd like to try to help out and make a difference if possible. So, after the fight I'm going to have to re-evaluate and see what I want to do.
• The group of people I'm with is a group of nomads. We always find places to train. We'll go to a good boxing gym, a good wrestling place, etc. We just kind of find different places to train all of the time. People always ask me about opening a gym, but I'm on the fire department full time, I have kids, I am trying to train full time, so I don't really have the desire to open a gym.
• My gameplan is a little different. I'm planning on really trying to hurt his hands against my thick skull. I want to break both of his fists, that's my goal. So, what I've been doing to train for this, I've been working with my buddy Matt Mitrione. I've been letting him punch me as hard as he can right in the face. I'm getting good at it. He knocked me out twice last week, but not as many times this week - I'm getting better. (laughs)
• In my opinion you have to look at every fight as the most important of your career. I have 20 wins, but if I had lost one of those wins, I wouldn't be in the situation I am right now. So my main focus is just on (August) 14th and Ben (Henderson). It's a tough fight and that's where my eyes are locked.
• I'm the type of person that I want the challenge. I want the cut throat - I want to fight all the tough guys. If I feel like I can be the UFC champ, then whoever they're going to stick in my way on the way up to that point, I should be able to beat. So, I'll just keep fighting. If I can pull off a win on the 14th and they say they're going to throw me in there with somebody else, then so be it.
• (The WEC fighters) are a tough group of guys. The talk was, the ten guys or whatever that they were bringing over, were just going to steamroll everybody in the UFC division and just walk their way through. Which, I didn't think was very respectful for the guys in the UFC. I think they've won just as many as they've lost. The biggest win they've had was Ben's win over Mark (Bocek) - so we'll see how it goes on the 14th.
• I don't really take (Miller's comments about WEC fighters) personally, but I definitely remember watching that interview and it's definitely in the back of my mind. It's nothing personal, I understand it's his opinion and people are entitled to their opinions, but I definitely remember that.
• I'm not really sure if this is the toughest fight in my career. Thankfully, I've been pretty blessed and my career has gone the way you'd want to script out a career as far as every fight being a bigger fight with more stuff on the line. I did have a setback a couple fights ago, but since then I'm back on the winning track and back to where every fight is bigger than the last fight.
• Jim is definitely the toughest guy (I've faced). Him being a wrestler, I know he's going to bring that wrestler mentality - just 'grind 'em out, do whatever it takes to get your hand raised.' I'm definitely expecting the toughest fight of my career. I'm expecting to go 15 minutes hard at an insane pace.