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Former UFC Star Chris Lytle Puts Focus On Family, Run In Politics

Chris Lytle didn’t take very long to decide on his next career goal.

Lytle, who retired from MMA earlier this month, will begin preparations for a political run in 2012 in the coming weeks.

“I’m going to sit down with my political people in the next week and talk about formulating what I want to do and see what direction I’m going to go in,” said Lytle, who owns a UFC record 10 post-fight bonuses.

That extra cash earned, especially for his Submission and Fight of the Night honors against Dan Hardy, will come in handy as he looks to dress the part of a politician and not a fighter.

“I don’t have that much of that kind of stuff. Everybody, whoever sees me, knows that I don’t dress real fancy. I don’t know, I guess maybe I got to go buy a couple of suits. I got a little bit of money laying around now,” Lytle said.

The 38-year-old who went by the nickname “Lights Out” while competing in the UFC, will remain a firefighter and, more importantly, a father to his family.

“The thing is, I’ve studied a little bit of the political realm around here,” Lytle said. “The good thing about that is the Indiana legislature meets around four months out of the year and it’s usually during the day. I’ve already been looking into doing that and if I were able to do that, that would still give me a lot of time with the family and time to still do everything I want do. It shouldn’t interfere with that too much, so I would look into that and it would take a lot less family time from me.”

Lytle retired from MMA with a career record of 31-18-5, including 22 submission victories. He won five of his last six fights, including a win over Matt Serra in his hometown of Indianapolis in 2010.