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    Chris Lytle to retire following bout with Dan Hardy.

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    Chris Lytle to retire following bout with Dan Hardy.

    Post  Sheldan on Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:46 pm

    MILWAUKEE - On the eve of his UFC Live on Versus 5 fight against Dan Hardy, Chris "Lights Out" Lytle has decided that Sunday night's bout will be his last.

    The popular welterweight exclusively informed NBCSports.com of his decision Saturday evening.

    "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," he said. "I feel like I'm not being the type of dad I want to. I got four kids and lots of times I feel just an immense sense of guilt for not being there in times when I should."

    Lytle said he made up his mind "a few months ago" when he spent some quality time with his children while rehabbing injuries. Upon returning to the gym, Lytle said he felt "a guilt that I'm not used to" feeling.

    "I just feel like I have a lot of things in my head that I feel guilty about," he said. "I have a great time fighting, and I love fighting - I want to do it all the time - but I think that sometimes it's time for me to not think about what I want and start thinking about what's best for other people."

    Lytle, who also works as a full-time firefighter in his home state of Indiana, said he informed the UFC of his decision this week in Milwaukee.

    "I wanted to tell them before I told anybody else. I think I owe them that."

    In fact, Lytle was seen handing UFC president Dana White a note at the weigh-ins on Saturday afternoon, which he said was a thank you letter and his way of telling his long-time boss that Sunday night would be his last MMA fight.

    Earlier this month, the 36-year-old resident of New Palestine, IN, announced that he was considering an Indiana State Senate run in District 28 or a State House run in District 53, however, he said that his decision to walk away from the sport doesn't necessarily confirm that he will make a political run.

    "That really is going to depend on what kind of time that is going to take [away from his family]. If I think I can do it while my kids are at school and be a part of their lives more so than I am now, then I think that I definitely will [run for office]."

    Lytle made his UFC debut in November 2000, losing to Ben Earwood via unanimous decision at UFC 28. He returned to the Octagon three years later, but once again came out on the losing end, dropping a unanimous decision to Robbie Lawler. After going 2-2 in his next four UFC fights, Lytle was cast on the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter, which featured 16 ex-UFC fighters vying for another shot in the organization, as well as a title shot in either the welterweight or middleweight division.

    "Lights Out" made it all the way to the 170-pound finals but lost a split decision to Matt Serra, who went on to beat then-champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69. Lytle would exact revenge on Serra four years later at UFC 119 in Indianapolis, defeating the New Yorker via unanimous decision.

    Lytle, who recently saw his four-fight winning streak snapped when he lost to Brian Ebersole at UFC 127 in Australia, walks into Sunday night's fight with a 30-18-5 MMA record and a 9-10 UFC record. He's the owner of eight post-fight awards for either Fight of the Night (5), Submission of the Night (2) and Knockout of the Night (1). He also holds a 13-1-1 pro boxing record.

    And with Sunday night's fight officially Lytle's last, the 12-year veteran wants to give the fans in attendance and watching at home one more award-winning performance and himself one final win.

    "This is going to be my last memory right here," he said. "I feel like I want to win this fight more than probably I have wanted to win any. I want the people to want more, like, 'Why is he gone? I want him to come back.' That would be my dream for it to end like that."
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    Re: Chris Lytle to retire following bout with Dan Hardy.

    Post  payneNglory1 on Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:30 pm

    I wish him all the best after this fight,I've thoroughly enjoyed watching his career,a great fighter and a great man.

    He never made it to the very top in this game,but through never failing to put it all out there and consistently showing his great determination,his true heart and guts every time he stepped into the octagon,he made a life time fan of me.

    Thanks for giving us fans some great entertaining fights,Chris Lytle is to me,without a doubt,a Legend of this sport in his own right.
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    Re: Chris Lytle to retire following bout with Dan Hardy.

    Post  payneNglory1 on Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:52 pm

    The UFC has announced that the winner of the headlining bout between Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle would also be taking home a 2012 Harley Davidson Blackline.



    I'd say that even if Lytle loses,he'll be getting one of these as a bonus for all his work in the UFC.
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    Re: Chris Lytle to retire following bout with Dan Hardy.

    Post  Anfields5thKing on Sun Aug 14, 2011 9:47 pm

    hope he opens his own gym. he's got a big future as a trainer.

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