UFC On Versus 5 Hardy vs. Lytle

In what has been an exciting summer full of thrilling mixed martial arts events, BetUS MMA betting enthusiasts will get another chance to cash in on a value-packed MMA event when UFC Live 5: Hardy vs. Lytle gets underway on Sunday, Aug. 14, live from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI, beginning at 9:00 PM ET, live on Versus.

When: Sunday, Aug. 14
Where: Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI
Time: 9:00 PM ET
TV: Versus, Rogers Sportsnet

Often referred to as UFC 5 On Versus, the main card of UFC Live 5 features four fights, including the headline welterweight showdown between UFC veterans Dan Hardy (23-9) and Chris Lytle (30-18-5).

Two lightweight bouts also take place on the main card with Jim Miller (20-2) and Ben Henderson (13-2) going at it and Donald Cerrone (15-3) and Charles Oliveira (14-1) also set for battle. Last but not least, another welterweight battle will take place in the cage when Amir Sadollah (5-2) and Duane Ludwig (20-11) try to improve on their respective records.

Okay BetUS MMA gamblers, I’ve got the scoop on the top three UFC Live 5 fights, followed by a trio of expert, value-packed picks.

UFC Live 5 Odds
Dan Hardy -110
Chris Lytle -120

Name: Dan Hardy
Age: 29
Nickname: The Outlaw
Record: 23 - 9 - 0
Height: 6'0" (183cm)
Weight: 171lbs (78kg)
City: Nottingham, East Midlands
Country: England

Name: Chris Lytle
Age: 36
Nickname: Lights Out
Record: 30 - 18 - 5
Height: 5'11" (181cm)
Weight: 169lbs (77kg)
City: Indianapolis, Indiana
Country: United States

The Scoop: Dan Hardy has lost three consecutive fights and could be in trouble of getting the boot if he loses this bout to Lytle. Hardy lost to Anthony Johnson at UFC Fight Night in March just one fight after getting knocked out by Carlos Condit at UFC 120 in October.

Chris Lytle had his four-fight winning streak snapped in losing to Brian Ebersol via decision at UFC 127 in February in what turned out to be the fight of the night.

UFC Live 5 Pick: I really like Chris Lytle coming into this bout and I believe he is going to win this fight in a thriller between two very evenly matched fighters.

While both BJJ-based fighters are excellent grapplers, I fully believe that Dan Hardy is the better stand-up fighter – and will win this bout because of it. If both fighters are equal on the ground, (which they are) then the fighter with the better stand up skills is the guy to go with – and for this bout – that would be Dan Hardy.

Besides, BetUS sports gamblers that have cashed in with me at a high rate over the years, know that I love fighters – and teams – that are in what I like to call ‘desperation mode’.

England’s in the midst of a history-making riot, but I’m fully expecting Dan Hardy to bring some good news to his countrymen by getting the big – and career-saving – win over Chris Lytle.
The Winner: Dan Hardy

UFC Live 5 Odds
Ben Henderson +120
Jim Miller -150

Name: Benson Henderson
Age: 27
Nickname: Smooth
Record: 13 - 2 - 0 
Height: 5'9" (176cm)
Weight: 155lbs (71kg)
City: Glendale, Arizona
Country: United States

Name: Jim Miller
Age: 27
Record: 20 - 2 - 0
Height: 5'8" (173cm)
Weight: 155lbs (71kg)
Style: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
City: Sparta, New Jersey
Country: United States

The Scoop: Ben Henderson bounced back from a loss in his previous fight to beat Mark Bocek via unanimous decision at UFC 129 in April but he’s going to have his hands full with red-hot lightweight Jim Miller, winner of seven consecutive fights.

I’m going on record right now to inform BetUS betting buffs and MMA fanatics everywhere that I believe this matchup will produce the ‘Fight of the Night’ for UFC Live 5.

Henderson, a former WEC lightweight champ, is very well-rounded with solid skills in wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, BJJ and Muay Thai, but I’m going to advise mixed martial arts bettors to back the unheralded little brother of UFC veteran Dan Miller.

I like the fact that the younger Miller has picked up his seven straight wins in a variety of ways, with two TKO’s, two submissions wins and three decision victories and I believe he is going to find a way to beat the talented Henderson. As an aside, Miller has never been beaten by anything other than a unanimous decision.
The Winner: Jim Miller

UFC Live 5 Odds
Charles Oliveira -160
Donald Cerrone +130

Name: Charles Oliveira
Age: 21
Nickname: do Bronx
Record: 14 - 1 - 0 
Height: 5'10" (178cm)
Weight: 153lbs (70kg)
City: Sao Paulo
Country: Brazil

Name: Donald Cerrone
Age: 28
Nickname: Cowboy
Record: 15 - 3 - 0 
Height: 5'11" (181cm)
Weight: 155lbs (71kg)
Style: Muay Thai
City: Broomfield, Colorado
Country: United States

The Scoop: Brazilian Charles Oliveira will be looking to bounce back and pick up a big win here against a quality fighter after getting tagged with a No Contest after initially being awarded a submission win at UFC Live 17 just two months ago.

Oliveira also took his first career loss (kneebar) to Jim Miller in his fight prior to his last one, losing to Jim Miller at UFC 124 in December and will have to find a way to stop a red-hot Donald Cerrone in this bout.

The ‘Cowboy’ has won four consecutive fights, including a unanimous decision win over Vagner Rocha at UFC 131 on June 11, but I’m going to keep my pick for this bout short and sweet by simply saying that I like the younger Oliveira here with both of these fighters having fought just about two months ago.

The recuperation period for an MMA bout is generally few months apart and with these two having such a short turnaround time, I think the younger Oliveira will have a lot more gas in the tank than the aggressive Cerrone.

Go with Charles Oliveira and his superior BJJ skills to prevail.
The Winner: Charles Oliveira

UFC Live 5 Cards
 
Main Card (Versus)
Dan Hardy (23-9) vs. Chris Lytle (30-18-5)
Jim Miller (20-2) vs. Ben Henderson (13-2)
Donald Cerrone (15-3) vs. Charles Oliveira (14-1)
Amir Sadollah (5-2) vs. Duane Ludwig (20-11)

Preliminary Card (Facebook)
C.B. Dollaway (11-3) vs. Jared Hamman (11-3)
Joseph Benavidez (14-2) vs. Eddie Wineland (18-7-1)
Karlos Vemola (8-1) vs. Ronny Markes (11-1)
Ed Herman (20-7) vs. Kyle Noke (19-4-1)
Alex Caceres (5-3) vs. Jim Hettes (8-0)
Jacob Volkmann (12-2) vs. Danny Castillo (11-3)
Cole Miller (17-5) vs. T.J. O'Brien (16-4)
Edwin Figueroa (7-1) vs. Jason Reinhardt (20-2)