None other than the bastion of Burger King, Roy Nelson.
"The Outlaw," widely criticized for his inability to work off his back in previous losses to Georges St. Pierre and Anthony Johnson, recently moved to Las Vegas to prepare for his upcoming fight against Chris Lytle on the UFC on Versus 5 card scheduled for the Bradley Center on Aug. 4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
So if he's expecting to throw hands with "Lights Out," why prepare under the titanic tutelage of "Big Country?"
It might have something to do with those "Submission of the Night" bonuses Lytle has a history of racking up when he competes, and Nelson's heralded grappling prowess, refined under the watchful eye of Renzo Gracie, could keep the Brit from napping, tapping or snapping.
Here's more from the Nottingham knuckler (via Telegraph.co.uk):
"This is no easy fight. Chris Lytle is no-one’s idea of a one-dimensional slugger. He can submit you in a second, he’s very good on the ground and striking. He’s also a great athlete; he will try and push the fight for 5mins of every round. I’m excited for the fight. I am getting a place in Las Vegas and I’m training full-time with Roy Nelson and some of the best in the world. I used to split my time between LA and Nottingham, but there’s more MMA in Vegas so me and my girlfriend are getting a place there. Roy is already adding things to my game but we’ve not scratched the surface of what he can teach me. He’s a legitimate top contender as a heavyweight and a lot of people don’t realize he’s a great wrestler and a legitimate Renzo Gracie BJJ black belt."
After stringing together four straight wins inside the Octagon, Hardy was upended by division champion Georges St. Pierre in their UFC 111 title fight just over a year ago.
A surprise knockout loss to Carlos Condit would follow at UFC 120 last October and Anthony Johnson continued the downward spiral by taking the slugger down and controlling him for the better part of three rounds at UFC Fight Night 24 back in March.
Hardy knows what he needs to do in order to get himself back into the win column, or to at least keep the fans entertained enough to warrant him sticking around. He needs a gamer who isn't afraid to stand and trade or just flat-out brawl for fifteen minutes straight no matter what the cost.
Paging Mr. Lytle...