My goal is to be the first person to knock Chris out. I’m not sure when it will come or how it will come, but I have a lot of options, a lot of techniques that would get him out of there before the final bell… [Fight of the Night] is what I’m hoping for! Chris is an exciting fighter, and he always brings the fight. I’m sure this fight won’t be any different. I’m always fine with trading punches until someone falls over. I like my odds in that gamble.

— Dan Hardy in an interview with Fight Hub TV talking about his upcoming fight this weekend against Chris Lytle at UFC on Versus 5

It’s been a rough year for Dan Hardy. He was outwrestled by Georges St. Pierre and Anthony Johnson and knocked out by Carlos Condit. This fight with Chris Lytle gives him the opportunity to showcase his stand up skills and get a much needed victory. Against Lytle though, it won’t be easy. He’s tough as they come and isn’t easy to put away. The good news for Hardy is Lytle has no intention of drowning him on the ground like GSP and Johnson did. They’re going to stand and bang until someone falls or the final bell rings. I, for one, can’t wait for it.

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