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Dan Hardy needs a win to remain

Once upon a time, Dan Hardy looked like the next big thing in the UFC welterweight division.&nbsp; <br />He was charismatic, telegenic &mdash; and riding a lengthy winning streak.

Once upon a time, Dan Hardy looked like the next big thing in the UFC welterweight division.

He was charismatic, telegenic — and riding a lengthy winning streak.

But then came a loss to Georges St. Pierre. And one to Carlos Condit. And another to Anthony Johnson.

If Hardy can’t get past Chris Lytle at UFC Live 5 on Sunday (9 p.m., Versus), he’ll likely be cut from the promotion entirely.

“It’s unusual territory for me,” the British brawler said. “I’ve never been in this situation before. I had two back-to-back losses a while back in my career, and that was a very difficult situation to be in.

“But at this level that’s just the way it goes sometimes.”

Lytle presents a real stylistic challenge for Hardy. Both rely on their stand-up, and the Indianapolis native has never been knocked out.

 
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