September 28, 2010

Chris Lytle UFC 119

Chris Lytle

If there’s one thing you can always say about Chris “Lights Out” Lytle, it’s that he comes to fight. A winner of four fights in a row, Lytle dispatched of former roommate Matt Serra on Saturday night to avenge an earlier loss to the native New Yorker. And after three big wins in 2010, he’s poised to make the jump to the next level of competition.

Fighting in the UFC in his hometown of Indianapolis was a dream for Lytle, but he’s not going to sit back and bask in that moment because now he believes he’s ready for that next big step.

Lytle was asked about a potential rematch with Thiago Alves following his fight at UFC 119. It’s an intriguing fight that would interest the firefighter from Indiana. Another proposed bout that was brought up to Lytle on MMAWeekly Radio Monday night was taking on the winner of the upcoming UFC 120 fight between Dan Hardy and Carlos Condit.

“Oh, without a doubt, I think that’s a great idea too,” Lytle said. “I was supposed to fight Carlos about a year and a half ago and I had to drop out cause of my ACL, so I always thought that was on the horizon still, and the winner of him and Dan Hardy, those are both really high contenders for the title. That would be an awesome fight.”

Making no secret his desire to face fighters who will match him in power and aggressiveness, Lytle jumped at the thought of facing either Hardy or Condit, who are both known for stand-up wars with past opponents.

“Either one of those fights I would absolutely love. We’ll see what we can’t get,” Lytle commented.

As previously mentioned, Lytle just finished his third fight for 2010, and he admits that, at 36 years of age, a little break might be nice following his latest bout.

“I’ve had two fights in the last two months. I’m kind of banged up so I could use a little bit of time off,” Lytle said. “I’ll probably rest for a month or so, and wait to hear what they want me to do. Hopefully it’s one of those fights we just talked about.”

Still, with his fighter’s mentality, Lytle never rules out a return in 2010 if the right fight comes along.

“It would have to be a perfect offer,” he stated. “I think a break here is pretty needed, but I don’t like to take long breaks. So give me a couple months and I’ll be ready to go again.”

Lytle said he was already back at the firehouse alongside his fellow Indianapolis firefighters on Monday, but planned on taking some time for family and rest.