Round One: Thatâ€™s â€œLights Outâ€ For A Career
Chris Lytle, with or without a title around his waist, can be considered one of the most exciting fighters to compete in the UFC. On Sunday Night, Chris Lytle called it a career by handily defeating slugger Dan Hardy by submission in the final round. What makes it even better is that Chris Lytle won two bonus checks for fight of the night and submission of the night. Chris Lytle got to retire the way most fighters can only dream of, with his family by his side in the octagon.
Next Round For Chris Lytle: Pursuing his political aspirations
Next Round For Dan Hardy: A UFC release
Round Two: A â€œSmoothâ€ Victory
Most hardcore fans in the MMA community would make the argument that the main event of the show should have been Jim Miller vs. Ben Henderson. Jim Miller needed to earn this victory to get a UFC Lightweight Title Fight, but Ben Henderson had different plans. Ben Henderson simply destroyed Jim Miller both on the feet and on the ground before earning a unanimous decision victory. Ben Henderson now finds himself in the top five of the very stacked and very full UFC Lightweight Division.
Next Round For Ben Henderson: The Frankie Edgar/Gray Maynard loser or Clay Guida
Next Round For Jim Miller: Melvin Guillard, Anthony Pettis or Donald Cerrone
Round Three: Another One Moves Up The Lightweight Rankings
When Charles Oliveira first entered the UFC, a lot of people had him pegged as the next big star in the lightweight division. That star was dimmed a lot on Sunday Night by Donald Cerrone, who plowed through Charles Oliveira to earn a TKO victory. Donald Cerrone has now won three straight fights in the UFC, with two of those victories as a fighter who took the fight on late notice. Charles Oliveira now needs to figure out whatâ€™s wrong with his game before the UFC dims his star forever.
Next Round For Donald Cerrone: Jim Miller, Clay Guida or Cole Miller
Next Round For Charles Oliveira: Mark Bocek, Nik Lentz or Jeremy Stephens
Round Four: A â€œTUFâ€ Loss
When previewing the battle between Amir Sadollah and Duane Ludwig for my Saturday column, I had no problem choosing Amir Sadollah to defeat the veteran. However, Duane Ludwig had other plans as he handily defeated the UFC Ultimate Fighter champion by unanimous decision. Duane Ludwig has now won two straight fights in the UFC and may have resurrected a career most thought was over. If Amir Sadollah doesnâ€™t pick up a victory in the near future, he could be the next TUF Champion released.
Next Round For Duane Ludwig: Dan Hardy, Rick Story or Johny Hendricks
Next Round For Amir Sadollah: Matt Brown, Thiago Alves or Charlie Brenneman
Round Five: Two Middleweights Make A Move
One of the most impressive performances of the night came on the Facebook portion of the card and it was from UFC Ultimate Fighter contestant Ed Herman. Ed Herman showed a lot of impressive skills from his back to submit Kyle Noke with a knee bar in the opening round. In the headlining fight for the Facebook card, CB Dollaway took on Jared Hamman in a middleweight fight. Jared Hamman made a comeback in the second round of the fight to defeat CB Dollaway by submission.
Next Round For Ed Herman: Jared Hamman, Aaron Simpson or Tom Lawlor
Next Round For Jared Hamman: Ed Herman, Kyle Noke or Jorge Rivera
Next Round For Kyle Noke: Chris Weidman, Alessio Sakara or Tim Credeur
Next Round For CB Dollaway: Aaron Simpson, Tom Lawlor or Chris Weidman
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