The UFC hosted its fifth event live on Versus TV and this time they did it in Milwaukee. UFC Live 5 was held at the Bradley Center and hosted a co-main event that would help shape the future of the lightweight division and a main event that featured two of the best strikers in the welterweight division: Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle.

Lytle turns the lights out on Hardy

Before this fight, Chris Lytle made an announcement that not many people expected: His retirement. After the announcement, he told Dan Hardy that he wanted to go out in a war and that is exactly what happened.

From the opening bell both fighters came out throwing punches with bad intentions. For almost three full rounds both fighters traded punches with each man landing as many as they received. It was a back-and-forth battle with neither fighter really getting the better of the other. Near the end of the third round, Hardy went for a takedown that would prove to be costly. Lytle was able to stuff the takedown and as he sprawled out, he was able to grab a hold of Hardy’s neck. Once he had control of Hardy’s neck, it was only a matter of time before Hardy was forced to tap due to a guillotine choke.

Henderson dismantles Miller

Jim Miller went into this fight believing that with a win he would finally earn his title shot. Ben Henderson went into this fight wanting to take that title shot away from Miller, and that is exactly what he did. For three rounds, Henderson out-wrestled, out-struck and out-grappled Miller en route to a unanimous decision.

From the beginning of the fight, Henderson proved that tonight was his night. Henderson seemed to be the faster and stronger fighter and he was not only able to control the fight and dictate the pace, but also to completely dominate Miller in a manner that has never been done before. Miller did land some shots and attempted several submissions, but he was never able to really threaten Henderson or mount any significant offense.

Cerrone runs through Oliveira

A fight that looked great on paper turned out to be a one-sided onslaught. Donald Cerrone came out and displayed his power early against Charles Oliveira and completely overwhelmed him. Cerrone came out throwing punches, kicks and knees and caught Oliveira early with a shot to the body that hurt him. From there, Cerrone landed a knee to the head that sent Oliveira to the canvas. Cerrone immediately swarmed in with vicious ground-and-pound and it did not take long before the ref came in and stopped the fight.

Ludwig returns to dominance, wins a decision.

In a fight between two of the best Muay Thai fighters in all of mixed martial arts, Duane Ludwig was able to out-strike and out-work Amir Sadollah to earn a unanimous decision.

Both fighters came out displaying their striking skills, but it was evident early that it would be Ludwig’s night. Ludwig was able to pick his shots, counter Sadollah when he wanted to and defend Sadollah’s takedown attempts at will.

For the majority of the fight, Ludwig showed why he is a world-champion kickboxer and a force in the welterweight division.

  • Chris Lytle def. Dan Hardy via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 4:16
  • Ben Henderson def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-26)
  • Donald Cerrone def. Charles Oliveira via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:01
  • Duane “Bang” Ludwig def. Amir Sadollah via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Jared Hamman def. C.B. Dollaway via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:38
  • Joseph Benavidez def. Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ed Herman def. Kyle Noke via submission (heel-hook) – Round 1, 4:15
  • Ronny Markes def. Karlos Vemola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Jim Hettes def. Alex Caceres via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:12
  • Cole Miller def. T.J. O’Brien via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 2:38
  • Jacob Volkmann def. Danny Castillo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Edwin Figueroa def. Jason Reinhardt via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 0:50

Photo: Chris Lytle (Mike Fridley/Sherdog)