UFC on Versus 5 Recap: Henderson, Lytle win in MilwaukeePosted on August 14, 2011, 11:03 PM by Trent Reinsmith
When everything was settled for the UFC on Versus 5 main card, none of the pre-fight favorites had their hands raised in victory. Dan Hardy, Jim Miller, Charles Oliveira, and Amir Sadollah were all handed defeats.
Chris Lytle, who announced that Sunday’s fight would be his last, went out on a perfect note, forcing Dan Hardy to submit to a guillotine choke at the 4:17 mark of the third and final round. With his win Lytle also picked up $130,000 in bonus money, winning “Fight of the Night” and “Submission of the Night,” and giving him a record 10 UFC Fight Night bonuses. In addition he took home a new Harley Davidson that was earmarked for the main event winner. All in all, an outstanding way to end a long MMA career for Mr. Lytle.
In the co-main event, Ben Henderson put on a dominating performance against Jim Miller. The former WEC Lightweight Champion served notice that he is a force to be reckoned with in the stacked division. The unanimous decision loss ended Miller’s seven fight winning streak in the UFC. The loss also put to rest any thoughts that his next bout would be against the winner of the upcoming UFC title fight between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. The manner in which Henderson handled Miller surely sent a message to the UFC that he deserves to be considered among the elite of the lightweight division.
Donald Cerrone continued his unbeaten streak since moving to the UFC from the WEC, adding a third straight victory to his resume by defeating Charles Oliveira via first round TKO. Cerrone caught Oliveira with a strong body shot that put Oliveira on his back. Cerrone then stood above Oliveira and rained punches on the younger fighter, whose only defense was to roll over and cover up prompting a referee stoppage at 3:01 of the first round. The win earned him the “Knockout of the Night” bonus.
The first fight on the main card had Duane Ludwig as a big underdog to Amir Sadollah, but as everyone knows fights are not contested on paper, but in the Octagon and once that door locked it was clear that Ludwig was the better striker. Ludwig did seem to fade as the fight wore on, but Sadollah could not overcome the two round lead that Ludwig had built up on the scorecards.
Next Ultimate Fighting Championship event will be UFC 134, taking place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on August 27th. The card will be headlined by a UFC Middleweight title fight between Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami, as the Light Heavyweight collision between the former Champions Shogun Rua and Forrest Griffin will serve as the co-main event. Also on the card, MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will make his return to the Octagon, facing Brendan "Hybrid" Schaub.
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