Chris Lytle (31-18-5) has been retired for over a year now and that urge to return just isn’t there. That doesn’t mean that the welterweight wouldn’t completely toss out the notion of returning one more time, if it was against the right type of fighter.
“There always is [an interest to return] and it never really left,” said Lytle to Easy Middle. “The reason I retired was because I wasn’t putting enough time with the family and I cannot commit myself to that type of training again. You never know. I always said if the guy I wanted to fight has something happen to his opponent a week out, I may take something like that.”
Nick Diaz (26-8-1 NC) and Carlos Condit (28-6) are two names of interest as Lytle liked their aggressive moving forward technique. Lytle defeated Diaz in their only encounter in 2002 for IFC Warriors with a split decision win. He has never faced Condit.
During Lytle’s nearly decade long stay with the UFC, he took home several night of honors for his performance. These include Fight of the Night six times, Knockout of the Night once and Submission of the Night three times.
In Lytle’s last fight in 2011, he choked out Dan Hardy (25-10-1 NC) in the main event of UFC Live. Currently, Lytle trains local people in the art of wrestling.