Fan-favorite MMA veteran Chris “Lights Out” Lytle lost to the crafty, arrow-chested Brian Ebersole last weekend on the main card of UFC 127 in what would have been the biggest upset on the card had Dennis Siver not toppled George Sotiropoulos.
Lytle showed the heart he is famous for in surviving a brutal knee and an all-around creative assault from Ebersole, who was clearly looking to impress in his UFC debut. Those that were surprised by Lytle’s loss (read: everyone but Brian Ebersole) will likely not be surprised by the fact that “Lights Out” actually underwent knee surgery some four weeks prior to his UFC 127 fight against Ebersole.
MMAFighting.com spoke with Lytle’s manager Ken Pavia, who confirmed the fighter’s rumored surgery, but was quick to point out that credit should not be taken away from Ebersole (who took the fight on short notice to replace Carlos Condit) and his victory.
“He’ll never use that stuff as an excuse, and the reason he tried to keep this quiet is because he wants to make sure that Ebersole gets all the credit in the world for his win, and for livening up the fight,” said Pavia.
Lytle had the meniscus in his right knee removed during what started out as exploratory surgery and his training was obviously affected as a result. On a four-fight winning streak leading up to his fight with Ebersole, “Lights Out” was a solid win or two away from putting himself “in the mix,” as Dana White is fond of saying, at 170lbs. At 36-years old and a veteran of over fifty fights, Lytle may take the injury and the loss as a sign that his time has come to exit the sport, though he has not yet made up his mind either way.
“He’s considering his options, and retirement is one of them,” said Pavia.
Lytle holds the distinction of being the only man besides Anderson Silva to have earned eight performance award bonuses in the UFC; two Submission of the Night bonuses, one Knockout of the Night bonus and five Fight of the Night bonuses. Prior to losing to Ebersole, Lytle had indicated interest in making a run for the title.