Nothing has ever come easy for Chris Lytle.
With 53 career professional fights on his resume, and a 30-18-5 record in those bouts, “Lights Out” continues to work around the clock to better himself inside – and outside – the cage.
On Sunday, Lytle will meet Dan Hardy in the main event of UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle on Versus.
While also training full-time as a UFC welterweight, Lytle also finds time to work as a firefighter, help raise his four kids, and now, is even putting together the early stages of a run for the Senate in his home state of Indiana.
“I’d like to try and help out and make a difference if possible,” Lytle said of running for Senate. “You know, I guess I’m going to have to just take it after the fight. I’m going to re-evaluate and see what I want to do. That’s kind of how I feel about it right now.”
Lytle lives in the moment, and that moment is all Hardy. The England native is 23-9 and once fought Georges St-Pierre for the UFC title.
But Hardy has lost his previous three fights and will be more than likely competing for his career in the UFC on Sunday night.
“In my mind I’m real slick. I’m going to hit him and he’s not going to hit me. So you always plan for that,” Lytle said. “I get out there and that game plan usually lasts until he punches me once and then I start going nuts just trying to hit him. So I’m really – I’ve seen Dan fight many times. I really love the idea of the fight because he comes to bring it.
“I’m very honored to be actually put in (the main event) – they picked Dan and I to be the main event and let me tell you something. They didn’t pick me and Dan to be there to put on a boring fight. So if you think I’m going to try and sit there and get him on the ground and hold him down for 15 minutes and they dry hump him that’s not going to happen. So you’re going to get what you pay – you’re going to get a good fight out of it. That’s all I can guarantee. It’s going to be fun to watch.”
Lytle has lost just once since 2009, but it came in his last bout, as Brian Ebersole earned a decision victory at UFC 127. That defeat snapped a string of four straight wins for “Lights Out.”
“The training camp right now is all about me and they’re trying to give me exactly what I need,” Lytle said. “It’s a lot of fun. I feel a good sense of loyalty to these people for helping me out at all times and I try to help them out if they have fights coming up. So it’s a good camp and I feel like I’m going to be ready as usual to go.”
UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle takes place this Sunday, August 14 from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Don’t forget to check back on Sunday for FightLine.com’s live coverage of the event.