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Chris Lytle caps off career with dual UFC Live 5 bonuses

Though Sunday night may have marked the end of Chris Lytle’s MMA career there’s no doubt the 36-year old who celebrates a birthday next week ended his run in style. Not only did “Lights Out” score a victory over Dan Hardy at UFC Live 5 after a highly entertaining bout, but Lytle also ended up with a pair of bonuses totaling $130,000 to bring his total to ten in the Octagon.

News of the event-specific awards was announced at the post-show press conference.

Lytle notched “Submission of the Night” and “Fight of the Night” distinctions as a result of going toe-to-toe with the brash Brit for the first two rounds only to end up latching on to a Guillotine Choke with less than a minute remaining in the third after Hardy shot for a takedown despite promising to keep things standing throughout. Lytle exits the sport with an overall record of 31-18-5 including six “Fight of the Night” bonuses in the UFC.

“Knockout of the Night” went to Donald Cerrone after finishing impressive youngster Charles Oliveira with strikes in the opening frame of their fight. Cerrone, who also earned an extra $65,000 for his performance, has now won five straight bouts though the stoppage marked the first TKO of his career.


  • Dufresne says:

    I definitely agree with submission of the night and he certainly made a case for fight of the night as well, but I’m a fan of spreading out the bonses so more guys get paid I get that it was Lytle’s last fight and maybe it was a kind of “thank you” from the UFC, but I’m sure there were a few other guys that could have used that money too.

    And I guess thaese bonuses give him the record for the most post fight bonses since he was tied with Anderson Silva going into this fight.


    Way to go out with total class Lytle-You will be missed-You represent the personification of a warrior’s heart

  • hindsightufuk says:

    yeah loved chris lyttle since i saw him put on a show with Shonie Carter in Pancrase years ago, then his fight with Robbie Lawler which was a classic of its time. gonna miss him
    Miller/Henderson was FOTN for me, but i cant take anything away from Lyttle/Hardy, that was fun with a great finish. Awesome show top to bottom

  • I thought that maybe Miller vs. Hendo could’ve won FOTN but then again Hardy was a helluva lot more competitive thant Jim Miller….Miller should’ve tried to get up more instead of goin for subs against a guy we’ve taken to calling Bendo


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