On the morning after Chris "Lights Out" Lytle's proclamation that he would retire from mixed martial arts, the MMA community and fans worldwide will tune in to Lytle's last matchup with the hard-hitting Brit, Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy on Versus this evening with a heightened level of interest.
Speaking to Chris Lytle speaks about his retirement" target="_blank">NBCSports.com, Lytle stated that he wanted to spend more time with his family and that his commitment to the UFC was challenging his duties as a father.
"I've been fighting since '98, fighting forever, a lot of it is just that I'm not doing my responsibilities like I need to at home," Lytle told NBCSports.com.
Never a champion, Lytle's tenacity and fighting style have always made him a fan favorite. With an overall MMA record of 30-18-5, "Lights Out" was never defeated by way of knockout or submission since stepping foot inside the cage back in 1999.
Earning a record eight "Fight of the Night" bonuses throughout his career, Lytle's "balls to the wall" approach to the world's fastest-growing sport has not only kept fans entertained over the years, but has kept the Indiana native in the good graces of the UFC brass, including president Dana White.
A true competitor with a heart of a champion, Lytle will always be remembered for his valiant efforts inside the Octagon and, more importantly, his commitment to the community outside of the cage.
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