Surprise! (Not really)
Welterweight sluggers Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle finally have a date after flirting for the past few weeks and will hook 'em up on the televised portion of the UFC on Versus 5 card scheduled for the Bradley Center on Aug. 14 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
ESPN.co.uk brought word of the pending match-up earlier today.
After dropping his third straight loss, a unanimous decision to the returning Anthony "Rumble" Johnson at UFC Fight Night 24 event back in March, "The Outlaw" knows he could be on the Zuffa chopping block.
So he did what any gladiator would do and vowed to go out on his shield.
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 Johnson continued the downward spiral by taking the slugger down and controlling him for the better part of three rounds.
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...
"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."
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?
Expect fireworks in this one.
Stay tuned to MMAmania.com for future updates to this still-developing fight card.