Chris Lytle’s (31-18-5) decision to leave MMA revolved around one thing, spending more time with his family. The UFC veteran shocked many at the weigh-ins for his 2011 fight against Dan Hardy, when he said regardless of the outcome he was retiring. Lytle submitted Hardy with less than a minute in the final round.
“It was hard to get away, but for me the last fight against Hardy was about as good as it gets,” said Lytle to Bleacher Report. “It never was a factor of me wanting to quit the sport. But I started to realize more and more that I was neglecting a lot of my family duties.”
In 1999, Lytle made his professional debut and would appear for the UFC on sporadic occasions until he became a fulltime member of their roster in 2006. He would go 10-10 for the promotion, but many would remember him for his performances. The UFC noticed too, as he earned several honors and bonuses for his fights. He was awarded Fight of Night six times, Knockout of the Night once and Submission of the Night on three occasions.
Since retirement, Lytle continues to trains others and is currently a firefighter. He lost a 2012 bid to become a Senator of Indiana.