by Mitch Gobetz – MMAWeekly.com
When you think of potentially great fights, Marcus Davis against Chris Lytle has to be an exciting thought. Just like Davis, Lytle has been involved in a number of great fights, including his previous contest against Paul Taylor. That fight, as exciting as it was, may be an afterthought after he and Davis mix it up at UFC 93.
The interesting aspect of this fight is that both fighters have called the other out. But it’s not the fact that they don’t like each other. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. They get along fine and have an extreme respect for each other. They both just know that this is just one of those fights that will have fans excited from start to finish.
Lytle is very excited about the prospect of getting in the cage with this type of fight on his hands. “This is the kind of fight I’ve been looking for, the kind of fight I like right now,” said Lytle in a recent interview with MMAWeekly.com. “So the second they gave me the opportunity to do it, I jumped all over it.”
The welterweight division has its share of large fighters like Georges St. Pierre, Thiago Alves, and Josh Koscheck. Weight is never an issue for, Lytle who doesn’t lose an extreme amount of weight to make the 170-pound limit.
“It’s usually pretty easy for me,” explained the Indiana native. “I’m not one of these guys who are losing 30 pounds. I usually lose around 15 to 16 pounds. Usually when I get there, I’m 10 pounds over, so that’s just a matter of working out at the right times and limiting my water intake and then find a place to sweat out the last few pounds at the very end. It’s not that big of a deal for me.”
One thing that is a big deal to Lytle is to make sure he keeps on improving himself. To do that, he likes to reflect back on all of his fights to determine his strengths and weaknesses. He feels it gives him more insight on areas that he knows he should work on. “I usually like to go back and check out exactly what happened. I watch the fight. I saw that there were some good things and some bad things that happened in that fight… I learned a lot more from my losses, then my wins, but you can take something from every fight.”
Davis and Lytle have similar styles in the fact that they both have excellent boxing skills, good wrestling, and a solid ground game. Because of those facts, this fight has all the makings of being a possible fight of the year candidate. “We kind of have very similar backgrounds in boxing and I think we have a lot in common. There’s definitely a mutual respect there. It’s just the fact that I think it’d be a great fight. At this point in my career, that’s what really motivates me a lot is just being in those kind of fights where people talk about it, like that Paul Taylor fight.”
An exciting fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship usually transcends to major paychecks being delivered from Dana White for “Fight of the Night.” While that is a motivational factor for Lytle, he would want the fight even in there were no bonuses being given out.
“That’s true. I’ll give you that,” responded Lytle to possibly obtaining a Fight of the Night bonus. “At the same time, I don’t care if anybody sees this fight. It could be on the undercard. I’m going to enjoy the hell out of it. It’s not even win, lose, or draw. It’s being in it. If there is no bonus, I still want this fight.”
With the fighting styles that Lytle and Davis have, it’s no secret that this fight is expected to be a stand-up slugfest. Knowing that, Lytle doesn’t plan on coming into this fight with a game plan. “I don’t have anything. I’m going out there and I’m going to fight. When I over-think things, it gets complicated. I’m going to keep it simple and go out there and fight!”