MMA veteran Chris Lytle is apparently no longer toying with the idea of retirement following his surprising UFC 127 loss to Brian Ebersole, as he recently told BloodyElbow.com that he’s ready and excited for a scrap with British slugger Dan Hardy.
Lytle’s motivation to fight Hardy didn’t come out of nowhere though; the Brit took to Twitter following his own frustrating defeat to Anthony Johnson and respectfully called out Lytle to a firefight.
“An oldschool shootout with a guy that wants to throw down. Screw the rankings, records are for DJs,” Hardy posted. “Win in a blaze of glory or go out on my shield. Someone like Mr Lytle…”
Never one to shy away from a gutter war, “Lights Out” told BloodyElbow that he knows where Hardy is coming from and would be happy to oblige his request.
“I think it would be awesome,” Lytle said of a match up against “The Outlaw.” “I know exactly how he feels. He wants to go out there and fight. Just get out there and bang. He didn’t get to do that in his last fight and I’m all about it. Let’s do it!”
Hardy, too, spoke with BloodyElbow in response to Lytle’s acceptance of his proposal, saying that the American brawler’s willingness to throw down is exactly what inspired him to seek out the fight in the first place.
“That’s exactly why I’m a fan of Mr. Lytle, and that’s exactly why the fans love him,” said Hardy. “He has the attitude all fighters should have, come to fight or don’t come at all. I’m sick of worrying about records and rankings, it takes the fun out of it for me. I just want fights that the fans will talk about in years to come. Old school shootouts, blood, sweat and tears, death or glory.”
So, there you have it. Ball’s in your court, Joe Silva.