Everything Chris Lytle could have asked for happened Sunday night in the final fight of his career at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle.
“Lights Out” locked in a guillotine choke late in the third round to defeat Dan Hardy and put an exclamation point on a career that will be remembered for the incredible performances put forth inside the Octagon.
Lytle (31-18-5) leaves the UFC having won five of his last six bouts, including three by submission – giving him 22 career tap out victories.
Saturday, Lytle announced his official retirement from the sport, even though he has known for months that this would be the end of the road for him.
Two of his four children joined him in the cage after the Hardy fight, as the three of them shared a moment that will be treasured forever.
“I honestly love being a fighter and love being part of the UFC,” Lytle said. “I love it probably more than anything in my life except one thing, my family. It is time to dedicate more time to them.
“I knew for a while this was gonna be my last fight and I wanted to go out a winner. I wanted to be one guy who quits when I was at the top of my game.”
Lytle and Hardy exchanged strikes-for-strikes, as the American connected on 179 blows to 94 by the Brit. Lytle also had 90 power strikes to the head, face and body of Hardy.
“This was a dream fight,” Lytle said. “I knew Hardy was going to come and stand and bang; he just kept coming forward the whole time. It was the kind of fight I like.
“It was an exciting fight for me and I hope it was exciting for everybody watching.”
Lytle, who is a full-time firefighter, has made mention of a possible run at the Senate from his home state of Indiana.
“I want to make some real changes,” Lytle said. “I know it is going to be difficult but I am excited to do it.”
Lytle earned Fight of the Night and Submission of the Night honors, giving him 10 bonuses – a UFC record – during his 20 fights inside the Octagon.