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UFC Live 5 Conference Call Highlights: Hardy, Lytle, Miller, and Henderson

The UFC is set to return to the Versus Network in two weeks as part of an action-packed August with UFC Live 5 and a headlining tilt between fearless welterweights Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle. Also set to scrap on the card, former WEC lightweight champ Ben Henderson will take on top contender Jim Miller who will be looking to finally secure a title-shot by adding yet another impressive win to his record.

All four men spoke to media today through a conference call about their upcoming bouts and Five Ounces of Pain was on the line plucking out interesting soundbytes and other relevant nuggets of information.

Read below and find out whether or not the 170ers plan to keep things standing the entire time, how Henderson feels his BJJ matches up with Miller’s high-level grappling ability, and more!

Chris Lytle:

– Is expecting a great fight against Hardy
– Even a dominant win over Hardy won’t change his interest in eventually running for political office
– Considers himself a “nomad” when it comes to training rather than staying at one specific location / Doesn’t have time to open his own gym with family duties and a full-time job as a firefighter
– Joked that he’s hoping to hurt Hardy’s hand with his “thick skull” and jokes that Matt Mitrione has helped him with that
– Explains that the UFC put him/Hardy in the main event for a reason and it’s going to be an exciting fight, no “dry humping”

Dan Hardy:

– His move to Las Vegas has been smooth and he feels this has been his best training camp yet / Felt he needed to take himself out of his comfort zone / Has been sparring at various gyms including ring-time with Evan Dunham and Gilbert Yvel
– “I feel I’ve made a lot of improvements overt the past four weeks. I’m seeing improvements myself and hearing the same from other people. Regardless of where the fight goes I’m ready for it and I want the opportunity to show people what I can do.”
– Says he learned a lot from the GSP fight and blames his own arrogance for the loss to Carlos Condit
– Acknowledges the additional pressure from having lost three in a row but won’t focus on it too much / “I love being part of the UFC – part of this sport, part of this world. Yeah, there’s definitely pressure but I’ve gotta kinda go with the flow. I can’t force it too much. If I think about it too much it’s going to bring me down.”
– “I just don’t like having boring fights. I want to have fun fights and for me Chris Lytle is the kind of guy I look up to, the kind of guy I want to fight like. Fighting him is an honor. I know he’s gonna bring it, he’s gonna test me, and he’s gonna try and win the fight. And that’s exactly what I want.”
– Has changed his look for the fight to get a “fresh start”
– Was annoyed by Anthony Johnson’s decision to impose his wrestling after promising to stand but isn’t concerned about that being the case with Lytle

Ben Henderson:

– Isn’t thinking about any contendership implications
– Won’t take the fight personally with Miller, who had dissed WEC lightweights, but remembers the quote
– Says it’s the biggest fight of his career
– “The UFC has the toughest 155 pounders in the world and I’m excited to be here, to showcase the things that I do.”
– Has no idea what’s next for him after UFC Live 5 and doesn’t really care / “If you’re on the right track and you get your hand raised that’s all that really matters.”
– Feels they have similar styles and expects it to either be a fifteen minute war on the ground or a stand-up battle if their grappling neutralizes the other’s

Jim Miller:

– Like Henderson, Miller also isn’t looking beyond next weekend or at a potential title-fights in the future
– “I want a tough road. I want to fight all the best guys.”
– Thinks the WEC guys have won as many as they’ve lost and the biggest win they’ve had was Henderson’s win over Mark Bocek / Felt some WEC lightweights were disrespectful to the UFC’s 155ers
– Has not been told that if he beats Henderson he’ll get a shot at the belt


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