Chris Lytle ended his career last night in almost fairytale-like fashion with a victory over Dan Hardy in the main event of UFC On Versus 5, picking up ‘Fight Of The Night’ and ‘Submission Of The Night’ bonuses worth $130,000 along the way.
See below for keynotes from his post-fight interview with MMAWeekly and scroll down to watch the full interview.
– Lytle reveals that he came to the decision that he was going to retire three or four months ago. He briefly gets choked up as he recalls that some time off after his last fight brought him to the realization that he missed spending time with his family and wanted to do that more often.
He admits it was tough to get motivated to get into training for this fight and that was a wake up call for him as it’s his belief that you have to want to be in the gym every day if you’re going to be a fighter. He did however force himself to go the gym regardless of his feelings because he knew this was going to be a dangerous bout with Dan Hardy.
– Lytle says that Hardy was the perfect opponent for his last fight given that he had a similar desire to keep the fight standing and put on a show. “That’s all I want, people who want to go out there and beat me up.”
– Lytle reveals that he did get caught several times during the fight and his legs were wobbled, but he fought through it.
– After picking up a big win did Lytle have any reservations about retirement? Apparently not. “When I made the decision there was going to be no going back so it wasn’t really hard.”
– Lytle gets emotional as he talks about how much he appreciates when people, particularly fighters, compliment him on his entertaining fighting style.
– While he won’t be competing in the sport anymore Lytle still plans to be involved behind the scenes, cornering other fighters, etc. He believes that will give him the fighting fix he needs. “Stopping cold turkey…I don’t know if I could do that.”
– Speaking of his fairytale ending Lytle says he couldn’t have hoped for it to go any better. When he found out that his win had also earned him $130,000 in bonus money and a Harley Davidson Motorcycle he recalls thinking, “That’s too much, I can’t be winning all this stuff! I was like a little kid in a candy store jumping around…I was out of my mind, and I still am. I’m just trying to take it all in.”