Welterweight sluggers Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle will finally hook 'em up in the main event of the UFC on Versus 5 card scheduled for Sunday night (Aug. 14) at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
From a wagering perspective, this one is about as close as it gets.
Despite dropping his third straight loss, a unanimous decision to the returning Anthony "Rumble" Johnson at the UFC Fight Night 24 event back in March, Hardy has pulled the betting line nearly even, sauntering in as a -105 underdog.
After stringing together four straight wins inside the Octagon, "The Outlaw" 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 Johnson continued the downward spiral by taking the slugger down and controlling him for the better part of three rounds.
Is Hardy getting too much respect from the oddsmakers? Or is Lytle not getting enough?
"Lights Out" saw his four-fight win streak come to an end against Brian Ebersole at UFC 127 last February in Sydney, Australia. It was a shocking loss for the resurgent Indiana firefighter who was on the verge of breaking into the ranks of contendership before being thwarted "Down Under."
Lytle is still the odds-on favorite, but just barely, at -115.
While his career clock may be ticking, he's certainly going to make the most of the remaining fights on his contract, and what better way to do that than by entertaining fans with a three round slugfest?
Dan Hardy (-105) vs. Chris Lylte (-115) at UFC on Versus 5. Who ya' got and why?