Chris Lytle will retire after tonight's bout with Dan HardyPosted on August 14, 2011, 04:21 AM by Anton Gurevich
In an interview to NBCSports.com, Chris "Lights Out" Lytle announced that tonight's fight with Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy in the main event of UFC on Versus 5 is going to be his last. Lytle revealed the main reason behind the decision to retire at the age of 36 is the desire to be closer to his family:
"I just feel like I have a lot of things in my head that I feel guilty about. 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 is currently 30-18-5 in his Mixed Martial Arts career, with 3 TKO and 21 Submission victories. "Lights Out" is also a veteran of 19 UFC bouts, holding a record of 9-10 with the promotion. In addition, Chris Lytle won five Fight of the Night, two Submission of the Night and one KO of the Night awards.
Lytle also added that he would love to leave a good memory in his last fight, and retire as a winner:
"This is going to be my last memory right here. 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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