MMA veteran and longtime UFC welterweight staple Chris “Lights Out” Lytle ended his career this past Sunday night after submitting British slugger Dan Hardy in the main event of UFC on Versus 5.
The fight — as was the case with most all of Lytle’s fights — was an entertaining scrap that saw Lights Out put everything on the line, risking victory more than once to put on a show. Win or lose, the 36-year-old full time firefighter always left his heart (and often times a good amount of plasma) in the cage and always went for the finish, even when on the brink of defeat.
Lytle will be remembered as a fighter’s fighter, a man who never sought the easy way out and would always make his walk to the cage on fight night regardless of illness or injury. He leaves a mold for young fighters to aspire to, especially in a day when fighting for points and decisions is becoming common practice.
As proof of his warrior spirit and go-for-broke fighting style, Lytle currently holds the record for most fight night bonuses, having taken ten overall: six Fight of the Night bonuses, three Submission of the Night bonuses and one Knockout of the Night bonus.
The Indiana native, who is currently eyeing a run as a state representative in 2012, took to The Underground forum recently to speak directly to the MMA community about the end of his career and how fans can keep up with his post-fight life and career.
“Hey, this is Chris Lytle and I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone for all the nice things you are saying. This has been the perfect end to my career for many reasons and one of them is all the positive feedback I’m getting.
“I tried to handle this the best way I could and was very fortunate to have a great opponent in Dan Hardy give me a fight like that to end on. I will always be greatful. I will still be helping out the people in my gym so I will still be involved in the sport. If anyone wants to know what else I will be doing you can check me out on facebook under Chris Lytle for Indiana. That can show what I’m thinking and trying to do.