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.
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