Chris Lytle spent several years in the UFC bouncing back and forth between wins and losses, toiling away to provide fans with exciting fights. Every time that he would flirt with the opportunity to enter title contention, it slipped away from him.
The past year and a half, Lytle has worked his way into a position as close as ever to title contention. He is currently on a four-fight winning streak, which could have easily been six consecutive wins if not for a controversial split decision loss to Marcus Davis a couple years ago.
He was originally slated to face Carlos Condit this weekend at UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch. Coming off of a win over former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra, backing that up with a win over Condit would have easily made Lytle one of the most viable candidates in the division for a title shot.
Condit, however, suffered a knee injury in training, likely putting him out of action until early summer. Lytle instead is posed with the task of facing last-minute replacement Brian Ebersole. All of Lytle’s momentum is on the line should he lose, but he does little better than tread water if he wins as expected.
Lytle has been fighting professionally for more than 12 years, however, so a last-minute change in opposition is nothing new to him. He’s learned to roll with the punches, both literally and figuratively.
MMAWeekly.com caught up with Lytle in Sydney as the days wind down and the fight draws ever nearer. Check out what he had to say about the last-minute switch, how he’s spending he’s lead-up time in Australia, and what he expects out of Ebersole.