UFC Fight Night 25..

Before he stepped into the Octagon on Sunday night at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, welterweight slugger Chris Lytle announced it would be his last MMA fight.

The man standing across from him in the cage, Dan Hardy, was fighting to keep his UFC career alive.

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Lytle won’t be coming back to UFC, and it is very like Hardy won’t either.

For the fourth time in a row, Hardy failed to leave the Octagon victorious. After going toe-to-toe for nearly three full rounds, Lytle applied a choke that forced Hardy to tap at 4:16 of the third round.

Lytle leaves the UFC to devote more time to his family. But his performance will be remembered for a long time.

Lytle-Hardy By The Numbers

Stats Lytle Hardy
Knockdowns 0 0
Sig. Strikes 127 of 271 61 of 238
Str. Accuracy 47% 26%
Total Str. 134 of 278 63 of 240
Takedowns 0 of 0 1 of 2
TD Accuracy 0% 50%
Submission Att. 1 0
Passes 1 0
Reversals 1 0

 

He and Hardy kept their promise to put on an entertaining fight. Each man landed punishing strikes and neither took a backward step.

But in the final minute of the bout, Hardy found himself inside a Lytle guillotine and could not escape.

It was a fitting end to a career that saw Lytle compile a record of 31-18-5.

I honestly love being a fighter. I love being part of the UFC,” Lytle said. “I probably love it more than anything in my life, except for one thing and that’s my family.

“It is time for me to dedicate more time to them. Although it pains me, I am definitely making the right choice.”

Hardy might find the decision UFC makes about his future painful. The former top 170-pounder has not won a fight since November 2009 and his overall record has slipped to 23-10 with one no contest.

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