The Fightlinker Guide to UFC on Versus 5

Sunday night is UFC on Versus 5, better known to those who don’t numerically catalog all events as UFC Live: Hardy vs Lytle. There’s a ton of shit going down on this card and what better way to find out what to look for than with this Fightlinker guide?? After the jump we go through the big angles coming into the event, some of the stars stuck on the undercard, betting odds, and our fight bonus predictions!

What matters

Dan Hardy needs a win: Dan Hardy is everything the UK needs in an MMA superstar. He’s entertaining, he’s exciting, and he looks the part of a badass Brit fighter. The only thing he’s missing is the ability to win in the UFC. Granted, he’s faced a murderer’s row of talent at 170 over his past three fights. I don’t know many people who thought he was gonna win his fights with GSP, Carlos Condit, or Rumble Johnson. Now he gets a fight against talent a bit more towards his skill level. How he does tonight will give you a good idea of where the rest of his career is gonna go.

The WEC litmus test: We’ve had some UFC vs WEC fights already and they’ve been pretty even matched thus far, but tonight we’re going to see some of the best from the WEC face off with the best from the UFC. All that talk about the WEC’s lightweight division being second tier will be tested tonight with Donald Cerrone against Charles Oliveira and Ben Henderson vs Jim Miller.

Amir Sadollah’s next step up: Sadollahs career has been handled with kid gloves thus far and next in his slow progression up the welterweight ladder.

On the undercard:

Joseph Benavidez: This is where it sucks to be a lighter weight fighter. One day you’re headlining events and the next you’re stuck on the undercard with little to no hype. But even though Benavidez will be floating around in a limbo zone for a while since he lost his title fight with Dominick Cruz, his fights are fucking awesome and you’d be a fool to miss his match on facebook. A fool, I say!

Cole Miller: Yeah, Cole will probably never be a contender but he’s been beating his past few opponents like they raped his mother or something. Win or lose, he always fights to the hilt.

Karlos Vemola: Formerly the great European heavyweight hope, now finding success at light heavyweight. Who needs his first name – he’s just known as VEMOLA. He had a serious frate train running before dropping his first fight in the UFC … let’s see if he can get that shit going again on Sunday night.

Odds and Ends

Sometimes UFC matchmaking is bad for people lookin to sportsbook their way to riches and bitches. Most of the matches on this card are so close you’re looking at a lot of guys going around +115, and where’s the fun in making bets like that? Where are the exhilarating +600 odds from old Strikeforce fights?

Headlining fight Dan Hardy vs Chris Lytle is basically a coin toss with Hardy at -110 and Lytle at -120 (probably because he has more tools … whether he decides to use them is still something we’ll have to see).

As usual I loves my parlays … a 100 dollar bet on Lytle, Jim Miller, and Joseph Benavidez nets you 312 bucks. Yeah, maybe you wanna take someone other than Chris, but you see what I’m getting at. There’s guys on this card who are expected to win. String em together for fun and profit!

Awards predictions:

Fight of the Night: Ben Henderson vs Jim Miller
Sub of the Night: Charles Oliviera
KO of the Night: Cole Miller

 

  • iamphoenix

    I respect the fact that you are doing these.

  • glassjawsh

    never in my wildest dreams did i think id be saying that there was a picture that didn’t make dan hardy come off as a complete dbag. but via the power of the magikal internetz you seem to have found one.

  • glassjawsh

    and subo’s going to be butt hurt you picked against his bff

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    needs more about the myth of Hardy’s KO power. War Lytle.

  • lukustra

    yeah, dan “the outcast” hardy and his super ferocious knockout power. hes finished 1 whooping opponent in 7 ufc fights. dudes knocking ppl out left and right… at the playground perhaps.

  • lukustra

    idk why hardy is even headlining this card. hes one of the most over hyped fighters in ufc history. hes 4-3 in the UFC and 2 judges thing he should be 2-5. in addition, the biggest win of his career was a half dieing mike swick..

  • Letibleu

    Hardy will be fine as long as he isnt pinned againsnt a wrestler. Or a technical striker. Hmmm, ciao hardy!!

     

  • Jarman

    he almost found a picture. But Dan Hardy not being a douche in photo form just doesn’t exist. It had to be a drawing, to smooth out the asshat-lines and douche-sneers that are his hallmark.
    And really? You think Oliveira’s going to sub Cerrone? It’s more likely than a KO or TKO, but i really think this is gonna go to the judges 29-28 cerrone by technically outstriking Oliveira’s flashy shit, and not even trying to go to the ground.

  • Letibleu

    Hardy missed weight

  • Jim Harbaugh Scramble

    hes one of the most over hyped fighters in ufc history

    can’t argue with that. hopefully this is his last UFC fight. maybe he can go to the B League and fight Paul Daley.

  • Symbul

    Wtf is a “frate”, Ryan?

    This card is all about Miller-Henderson and Cerrone-Oliveira.

    But of course Sunday of all days I have to be out of town and will miss the card live. Hopefully I’ll be able to see the prelims somehow post-fact and not just the 4 Versus fights.

  • Letibleu

    Frate is a date with a friend. Friend + Date = frate. Ask butters about that he does them all the time.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Apparently Lytle’s retiring after this.  Should be a good fight to go out on.

  • Redping

    Jim Miller vs Ben Henderson should really be the main event of this, both of them coming off wins and this is realistically the next person in line for a title shot (well maybe not so much bendo)

  • Blackula Jonez

    In terms of quality of the individual fighters both the Cowboy vs Do Bronx and Smooth vs Lil Miller fights are worth more than the main event.

     

    But you guys forget, Lytle vs Hardy is going to have elite level stand n’ bang. Its what the fans wanna see!!!!…right?

  • frickshun

    Sucks that Hardy n Lytle’s familiarity with fans overshadow’s Miller n Bendo’s actual meaningful fight. But the UFC is a business 1st…..

    PS: Cerrone n Oliviera are fucking clones of each other. Gonna be a great fight!!

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Miller and Bendo could definitely be the main event as far as titular relevance, I fear the casual fanbase doesn’t really know them yet.  Miller somewhat, but they’ve only seen Hendo twice from what I can recall.  Plus Hendo’s largely defensive, and Miller’s from Jersey, so those are some serious strikes against them headlining a card.

  • lukustra

    wtf does miller being from jersey have anything to do with anything? id rather live in this beautiful and wealthy state then the rest of hick riddled america. youre right, we have four seasons, good sport teams, the beach, mountains, casinos, an hour away from NYC and Philly. What a drag.

  • glassjawsh

     

    state fail

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Is there any time you won’t be a pussy, Luka?

  • Savageless

    Why does it matter what order the fights are in?  We know what ‘matters’ right? Not like UFC are marketing to us anyway.

    Always enjoyed watching Vemola tearing through people here in London so have a bit of fan-boy enthusiasm hoping to see him do it on a bigger stage.  

  • iamphoenix

    Hendo is not fighting on this card you guys are fucking retarded. Sons of the bitches.

  • iamphoenix

    Oh now it makes perfect since. You capitalized the first four letters of his name so that proved he is hendo. You are retarded and you killed all the jews with shibo. You also hate colored people.

  • Savageless

    Mustn’t feed the troll

  • iamphoenix

    Youre the troll trying to trick everyone that dan henderson is fighting in the ufc. Stupid troll doesnt know hes a troll stupid troll.

  • Letibleu

    But there is no letter “o” after the letter “d” in Henderson. Should it not be “Hende”? You have to have fought in Pride and earned one of their belts to wear a prominent “o” in your name

    FedOr

    GOmi

    NOgueira

    WandOrlei Silva

    Dan HendO

  • iamphoenix

    I bet you call homeless people trolls because theyre hungry. You sick son of a bitch.

  • Savageless

    Kinda wishing Miller vs Henderson & Cerrone vs Olivera were 5 rounds.

  • Savageless

    Oh…. science.

  • iamphoenix

    Stop being a bitch and accept that you are wronger than a jewish sideways hooker. I guess its ok for me to call jennifer lopez kenflo because kenny got his nickname from her. You so dumb.

  • Savageless

    Was a responce to the ‘O’ post, not you. You’re just not funny enough to comment on, sorry.

  • iamphoenix

    I know what you were responding too. Didnt stop me though. Its always good to have comedy experts on the site. Thanks for all you do.

    Maan this got boring quick. Wheres a link to a picture of you i need to ps joans dog laser eyeing you.

  • Savageless

    *yawn*  Also, goodbye.

  • iamphoenix

    You are old and rape blind babies.

  • Letibleu

    They arent blind.

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    So that’s what happens when Fenix goes through Korean punani withdrawal.

  • Letibleu
  • frickshun

    Hahahahahahahahahahaahaha. Cat fight.

    Also…..this card didn’t go as expected.

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