British welterweight star Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy made it no secret that he wanted his next fight to be against fellow knockout artist Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. On Sunday, Aug. 14, live from Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Hardy gets his wish, as the UFC announced today its first-ever card in Wisconsin.
Hardy and Lytle, two of the 170-pound division’s most devastating strikers, will collide in the main event of UFC Live, while lightweight contenders Jim Miller and Ben “Smooth” Henderson go to war in a bout that will determine which fighter moves one step closer to a shot at the title. Plus, light heavyweight star Stephan Bonnar returns to the Octagon to battle the menacing Karlos Vemola and Amir Sadollah and Duane Ludwig engage in an exciting welterweight bout.
“Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle want to stand toe-to-toe until someone falls and that’s a recipe for an outstanding fight,” said UFC President Dana White. “This is the fight both guys wanted, so the fans in Milwaukee are in for a treat. The Miller-Henderson fight should be equally exciting since both guys love to come forward and press the action. We can’t wait to host our first event in Wisconsin this summer.”
Originally from Nottingham, England, Dan Hardy earned his stripes in the UFC thanks to his devastating power and a fearless approach inside the Octagon. Holding wins over the likes of Mike Swick, Marcus Davis and Rory Markham, the 28-year-old finally gets his much-desired bout with Lytle in Milwaukee.
A winner of four out of his last five bouts, Chris Lytle has developed a reputation for giving the fans their money’s worth. Known for his heavy hands and free-swinging approach, the 36-year-old former pro boxer wanted nothing more than a knock-em-out, drag-em-out bout against Hardy this summer.
Another contender in the crowded lightweight division will emerge on Aug. 14 when Jim Miller takes on former WEC champion Ben Henderson. Seven straight victories have fueled Miller’s ascension up the 155-pound ranks, including a brutal knockout win over previously unbeaten Kamal Shalorus in March. To secure an eighth victory and potential slot in a title fight, the 20-2 fighter must defeat Henderson, a well-rounded battler who soundly defeated Mark Bocek in his UFC debut in April.
One of the sport’s most charismatic stars returns on Aug. 14 as “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar hits Milwaukee for a light heavyweight bout with Karlos Vemola. Known for his sport-defining clash with Forrest Griffin during season one of The Ultimate Fighter, the 34-year-old Bonnar is still making waves six years later and is riding back-to-back wins over Krzysztof Soszynski and Igor Pokrajac. To earn his third straight win, he must best 25-year-old Vemola. Originally from the Czech Republic, Vemola is fresh off a knockout victory over Seth Petruzelli at UFC 122 and has his sights set on earning the biggest win of his career at Bradley Center.
A compelling welterweight bout pits the season seven winner of The Ultimate Fighter, Amir Sadollah, against the fearless Duane “Bang” Ludwig. The 30-year-old Sadollah has won two consecutive fights, while the 32-year-old Ludwig defeated Nick Osipczak by decision in his last fight on UFC 122. Given both fighters’ penchants for exciting fights, the Sadollah-Ludwig bout should deliver when the UFC arrives in Milwaukee in August.
UFC Live will be broadcast live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Tickets for the event go on sale next Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. CT and are priced at $250, $125, $75, and $50. Tickets are available at the Bradley Center Ticket Office, Ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster Outlets, or by phone at 800?745?3000. Tickets are subject to applicable convenience and service fees.
UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event on Thursday, June 9 at 10 a.m. CT via ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers on Friday, June 10 starting at 10 a.m. CT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through ufc.com.