As you would expect, being trapped underneath Anthony Johnson for three straight rounds last Saturday night left a bad taste in Dan Hardy’s mouth. He expected a slugfest and got a wrestling match. So what is a slugger like Hardy to do when he loses his last two out of three because he can’t stuff a takedown? Work on his wrestling? Nope, he calls out someone who likes to “stand and bang” as much as he does.

I want to fight again. I feel like Ive been robbed of the reward at the end of training camp. An oldschool shootout with a guy that wants to throw down. Screw the rankings, records are for DJs. Win in a blaze of glory or go out on my shield. Someone like Mr Lytle…

Last we heard from Chris Lytle though, he was contemplating retirement after UFC newcomer Brian Ebersole routed him in a unanimous decision at UFC 127. The injuries have piled up and Lytle has had a long career. How many more “shootouts” does he have left in him? Well, apparently at least one because he told BE’s Duane Finley that he’s all about trading punches with Dan Hardy.

“I think it would be awesome. I know exactly how he feels. He wants to go out there and fight. Just get out there and bang. He didn’t get to do that in his last fight and I’m all about it. Let’s do it!”

There hasn’t been any indication yet that this is a match-up the UFC’s interested in, but considering the potential for fireworks, I’m sure they wouldn’t have to twist Joe Silva’s arm to make it happen. It would be a fun fight, but sooner or later Dan Hardy is gonna have to improve his takedown defense or face the fact that he isn’t going to make it to the top of the division unless he does.

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