Chris Lytle headlines tonight’s UFC On Versus 5 event opposite Dan Hardy and will then announce his retirement from the sport.

During yesterday’s pre-fight weigh-ins for the event Lytle could be heard telling Hardy, “This is my last war, let’s make it a good one, alright?”

Later the long-serving UFC veteran told NBCSports that he had informed the UFC of his decision to retire earlier in the week. He also revealed that his desire to spend more time with his family had brought him to the conclusion that it was time to hang up his gloves.

“I just feel like I have a lot of things in my head that I feel guilty about,”
Lytle said. “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.”

It’ll be sad to see the 36 year-old go. He’s one of the sport’s good guys and a true ‘gamer’ in the Octagon, always looking to entertain the fans. That’s been proven time and time again in his career, enabling him to scoop up five ‘Fight Of The Night’ bonuses along with a ‘KO Of The Night’ and two ‘Submission of the Night’ awards.

Lytle made his UFC debut all the way back at UFC 28 in 2000, and has since gone 9-10 in the Octagon. Up until a shock loss to Brian Ebersole recently he had been enjoying the best spell of his career, putting together a four fight winning streak that included avenging an old loss to Matt Serra.

30-18-5 in his career overall, Lytle will have one last chance to notch up one last win and collect yet another bonus cheque this evening when he fights Dan Hardy.