Chris Lytle called it a career after choking out Dan Hardy at UFC on Versus 5 (aka UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle). He did what UFC champion Georges St. Pierre couldn't do -- finish Dan Hardy. Lytle forced the game Brit to tap out at 4:16 of the final round.
Hardy landed some hard shots in the fight, but it was Lytle who landed more hard shots and by the end of the fight Hardy was looking wilted and beaten. Lytle worked the body with hard right hooks and caught Hardy's face with several looping left hooks.
Hardy stopped kicking after Lytle caught a kick and threw him down in the first. Lytle was able to sprinkle hard kicks to the body into his mix. Hardy seemed to have Lytle on queer street in the second, but Lytle came back strong and made a strong case for winning all three rounds.
Lytle began his MMA career in 1999 and fought in the UFC for the first time at UFC 28 in November, 2000. Twelve years later, Lytle amassed an overall 30-18-5 record, going 9-9 in the UFC.
This could be curtains in the UFC for Dan Hardy as well. Since losing the title fight to GSP at UFC 111, Hardy has gone 0-4 in the UFC. He dropped fights to Carlos Condit (KO), Anthony Johnson (Dec.), and now a submission loss to Chris Lytle.
The popular British fighter was probably rushed into a title shot after facing a notably wrestler-free run of opponents in the UFC, but Hardy wasn't able to do anything with his opportunity. Since then, Hardy has been thrown to the wolves and failed to thrive.
Chris Lytle plans to run for public office in his home state of Indiana.