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UFC on Versus 5's Lytle still eyes title, not "pulling an Anthony Johnson" to get it

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MILWAUKEE – British welterweight scrapper Dan Hardy (23-9 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has been begging for someone to stand on the opposite side of the UFC's octagon and offer him a slugfest.

Despite the dangers in doing so, longtime veteran Chris Lytle (30-18-5 MMA, 9-10 UFC) promises he'll do exactly that in the main event of Sunday's UFC on Versus 5 card.

The five-time "Fight of the Night" winner insists it's not a suicide mission. At nearly 37 years old, "Lights Out" still has eyes on the UFC's welterweight title – he's just not "pulling an Anthony Johnson" to get there.

"I want the type of fight that everybody afterward says, 'That's the best fight I've seen in a long time,'" Lytle told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "So, there's no thought in my head of pulling an Anthony Johnson (because) I've got to get that 'W.' I'd rather lose a fight than get a win like that, to be honest with you.


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Post #1   8/13/11 1:54:05PM   

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Can't really give him crap for wanting to give us excitement, but I don't know what to say about a fighter that doesn't take advantage of such a glaring weakness.

Post #2   8/13/11 1:56:38PM   

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I'm going with Hardy. If Lytle can get it to the ground he has a decent chance of getting a submission but I think Hardy will bounce back here with a Decision win.

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You know a lot of people say they will do this and what not.

But, when you actually get into that fight, you might just do something instinctively like go for the takedown when you get punched.

I can see Lytle doing that.

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I don't like lay n prey, but I didn't think Hardy vs Rumble was lay n pry, i liked every moment of it. Anthony Johnson was smothering Hardy, but Johnson has good gnp which he used if i remember correctly. and he got it to the ground with a leg kick that rocked.

Lytle should fight in Kickboxing if he doesn't wanna be taken down. I can't imagine how bad it must suck to be a specialist, but not be able to use that skill. That is the thing though, it is mixed martial arts, and with the current rules, wrestlers cage and ground control(top position unfortunately) and the person pushing the pace is a basic premise of judging, and you need to train those aspects also, in order to box and brawl in the octagon.

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Posted by Budgellism

I'm going with Hardy. If Lytle can get it to the ground he has a decent chance of getting a submission but I think Hardy will bounce back here with a Decision win.



Same here Budge, i just have a feeling that hardy will pull out a Decision

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I have a feeling Lytle will take it to Hardy but get robbed, as Hardy could still be a good draw overseas. Hope Lytle pulls it out, hes the man!

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personally i see lytle catching hardy n finishing him, lytle is one of the toughest fighters and dont see hardy being able to finish. plus i may be alone on this but i dont think hardy is all that good n I think lytle will connect once n put hardy to sleep. not mention hardy has no ground game even though it prb wont go to the ground but it will be easily ended by lytle on the ground

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I'm still bummed about that Anthony Johnson fight

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Posted by icantthinkofanything

and he got it to the ground with a leg kick that rocked.




Actually, if I remember correctly, it was a head kick. He used his leg.... but then again, don't all kicks? lol


As to the rest of your post. I think you might be missing the point or you just accidentally typed the wrong name. I don't think Lytle is complaining about getting taken down. He's responding to predictions that he will takedown Hardy where he has an obvious advantage and could surely win the fight. I'm kind of assuming you meant "Hardy should go fight in kickboxing".

Anyway, pretty dumb idea by Lytle. I believe him. He's the kind of guy who believes things like this when he says them. Its really a shame. This fight is all but in the bag for him if he takes Hardy down. Might be changing my pick, but then again, he can still win a stand up fight.

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Lytle doesnt have the takedowns to get Hardy down, even if he wanted too.

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

You know a lot of people say they will do this and what not.

But, when you actually get into that fight, you might just do something instinctively like go for the takedown when you get punched.

I can see Lytle doing that.



I would say that might happen, but if Lytle's instincts kick in I think it leads to him swinging wildly, not going for takedowns. The dude probably forgot what a takedown was like 3 years ago or something.

I'm counting on him brawling. If I thought he might try to wrestle I would probably pick him lol.

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Here in this article it says Lytle still eyes title, but junkie just put out a new article saying Lytle is retiring after the Hardy fight.

Changing my pick to Hardy though.

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Posted by Twenty20Dollars

Here in this article it says Lytle still eyes title, but junkie just put out a new article saying Lytle is retiring after the Hardy fight.

Changing my pick to Hardy though.



this is the only reason i just read this whole thread. If he already knew he was retiring why would he still eye the title?

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Post #14   8/15/11 4:52:23PM