Chris Lytle on Octagon return: There’s a couple of guys I do want to fight on short notice

Longtime UFC fighter Chris “Lights Out” Lytle has been through more than his fair share of wars, having earned an astounding ten fight night bonuses. He always put on a show for the fans, and that’s why most were very sad to see him go when he retired immediately after his vicious guillotine victory over Dan Hardy in August of 2011.

However, Lytle recently met up with for an interview, and it was one that definitely left the doors open for ‘turning the lights back on’:

“I can’t say it’s always closed. I’ve made this comment to them before, I said, ‘hey man, I’m not willing to put in eight weeks of training but if you called me and said, hey, I have this possible fight Chris. Somebody backed out and we need you in a week. We need you in five days, we need you here. I could take it.”

“There’s a couple guys I do want to fight on short notice because I wouldn’t have to spend all that time away from my family and, like I said, I’m still training some, I still feel like I’m in good shape right now. And as veteran I know how to condition myself to where I could last three rounds. So, you never know. If you have something last minute, let me know. That’s the only way I could see it.”

Quite an interesting point of view from the experienced combatant, and maybe even a good failsafe for the UFC should any welterweight go down on short notice. Lytle is always one to remain in top shape for his job as a fireman, but it’s tough to say if he’s still able to duke it out with the pinnacle of modern MMA. Two years off will leave a lot left to interpretation. His desire to not engage in a full training camp could obviously affect his fights as well.

But regardless, many fans would like to see Lytle back in the cage, and he would be a good gauge of up-and-coming welterweights if he was at or near the form he left the Octagon in. It would have to be a spur-of-the-moment type of thing according to Lytle’s words, but he could add to the already intriguing pool of talent at 170. Should Chris Lytle make a fast return to the UFC


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    Brian Cox

    May 12, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I love Lytle, man. I was sad to see him retire. He always brought it. He was always a decent and nice guy. He's a family man, through and through.

    I would love to see him back and I get his point about short-notice. One thing about this statement, it shows that Chris is a real fighter and a real gamer. A guy what will ******** the gloves and fight whoever. As a fan, I have to respect that kind of warrior spirit.

    Good news if Dana is listening (which I'm sure he is) and ever gets stuck for a great fighter @ 170, step-in or short notice.

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      May 13, 2013 at 10:48 am

      @Truth… Once the hunger is gone, there is no point making a return IMO. You are either all the way in or not. I understand completely his rationale about not wanting to train exhaustively after doing it for so long, but in reality thats what it take to compete with the best in this sport…Look at BJ Penns relaxed attitude to training and relying on skill alone. After the first round he gets punished. His cardio fails him and his heart loses hope. BJ is a guy who probably could have done alot better if the motivation and hunger and training was there 100%.

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      Brian Cox

      May 13, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      LOL!…The filter took out the phrase…strap….on. LOL!

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    May 12, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    It was such a shame that he retired when he did. His last few fights he was really showing improvement everywhere. I think if he hadn't stopped when he did he could easily be right there with all the top guys like Condit, Diaz, Hendrick, etc. His ground game especially was looking very slick. He was on a pretty good win streak until Brian Ebersole beat him. That would have been Lytle's 5th win in a row but I think that fight frustrated him so much that he decided to retire soon. Rather than have to put in a lot more time to get near the title. It ***** because I think Lytle Vs. Diaz or Hendricks would have been awesome.

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