Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle set for August 14thPosted on May 11, 2011, 01:55 PM by Joey Santosus
UFC on Versus 5 continues to come together today with the addition of a promising Welterweight clash between Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle.
UFC officials confirmed that agreements are in place for the match-up on Wednesday.
Its a bout that both fighters, each coming off a loss, have expressed a desire for in recent weeks and undoubtedly stands-out as an early contender for the event's Fight of the Night bonus.
Hardy (23-9) finds himself in a must win situation after dropping three in a row. The hard-hitting Brit made his UFC debut in 2008 and shot straight to the top of the division with consecutive wins over Akihiro Gono, Rory Markham, Marcus Davis, and Mike Swick before being matched with Welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre early last year. Though "The Outlaw" put on a gutsy display, surviving five-rounds of top control and submission attempts, he found himself on the wrong side of a lop-sided unanimous decision and has since suffered losses against both Carlos Condit and Anthony Johnson.
Lytle (30-18), meanwhile, looks to bounce back from a unanimous decision loss against promotional newcomer Brian Ebersole this past February. Prior to the defeat, the veteran was riding a career high four-fight winning streak, including victories over Kevin Burns, Brian Foster, Matt Brown, and former division Champion Matt Serra.
UFC on Versus 5 is set to take place August 14th from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Additional bouts set to be featured include Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson, Stephan Bonnar vs. Karlos Vemola, Duane Ludwig vs. Amir Sadollah, and Jacob Volkmann vs. Danny Castillo.
Chris Lytle in his fight against Matt Hughes during Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 68 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH on March 3, 2007. Photo credit: Francis Specker