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Hardy targets make-or-break clash with Lytle

ESPN staff
March 28, 2011
Dan Hardy suffered a unanimous points defeat against Anthony Rumble Johnson © Getty Images

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Dan Hardy has targeted a win-or-bust battle against Chris Lytle if he avoids being cut following his loss to Anthony Rumble Johnson at UFC Fight Night 24.

Hardy's points defeat to Johnson was his third on the bounce, having previously been beaten by Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit. Fighters are often cut for two consecutive losses, but exceptions can be made depending on the style and character of the individual in question, which bodes well for Hardy.

In the wake of the Johnson bout, UFC president Dana White said "we'll have to wait and see" whether Hardy will lose his place on the roster.

Now Hardy has suggested the enticing prospect of a do-or-die clash with Lytle, where defeat would force him to walk away from from UFC.

"I want to fight again. I feel like I've been robbed of the reward at the end of training camp," Hardy said. "[I want] an old-school shootout with a guy that wants to throw down. Screw the rankings, records are for Djs. Win in a blaze of glory or go out on my shield. Someone like Mr Lytle…"

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