The headlining fight on the main card of UFC on Versus 5 is a welterweight contest, Dan Hardy vs. Chris Lytle, airing live on Versus. Mired in a three fight losing streak, a defeat would likely banish Hardy from of the UFC. He fights for his livelihood against the always exciting Christ Lytle. The 36-year-old Octagon veteran announced plans to retire from a standout career after the conclusion of tonight's action. The referee overseeing the bout is Herb Dean.
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ROUND 1 - Lytle comes out right away looking for a big right hand. Hardy keeps his distance and misses with a wild combination. Lytle catches a leg kick and trips Hardy to the mat. Hardy stands back up as the crowd loudly chants "USA! USA!" Lytle follows a jab with a furious combination that just misses Hardy. "Outlaw" lands a stiff right hand and pushes Lytle back. Lytle recovers quickly and rushes back in with another flurry, but eats a one-two combination from Hardy. Lytle gets hit with another Hardy jab but continues to press forward. Crowd is completely on Lytle's side at this point, chanting "Let's go Lytle." Lytle clips Hardy three consecutive times with a right hook, and pushes forward with another combination. Ten seconds left in round one and Hardy stalks forward. Hardy lands a jab as the opening segment comes to an end. Great round.
MMA Nation scores the round 10-9 Lytle.