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Chris Lytle: Returning Would Tarnish My Storybook Ending

Chris Lytle won’t say he’s done fighting, but two years into retirement and the former welterweight isn’t looking to ruin what he created.

“When I first came back to a UFC event it hurt the most, but each time I come back it hurts a little less and a little less,” said Lytle. “My career ended on such a positive that I can’t tarnish that. That was a storybook ending.”

In August 2011, Lytle surprisingly retired. In the final minute of his fight with Dan Hardy, Lytle got the win using a guillotine choke. He ended his UFC run with several honors. He holds a record six for Fight of the Night, one for Knockout of the Night and three for Submission of the Night.

The former UFC fighter, who stood at 31-18-5 at retirement, now works as an Indianapolis firefighter.