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Chris Scott Lytle (born August 18, 1974 in Indianapolis, Indianamarker) is an Americanmarker mixed martial arts fighter, boxer and a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Lytle is the reigning Cage Rage World Welterweight champion, and was prominently featured as a welterweight on The Ultimate Fighter 4: The Comeback. In Chris's MMA and Boxing career, he has never been knocked out or submitted to defeat, though he has lost in MMA competition by TKO by way of cut stoppage.

Personal life

Lytle was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and graduated from Southport High School in 1993. At Southport, he was an active member of the wrestling team. In fact, to this day, he still participates in workouts at the Southport High School with the wrestling team, Coach Petty and Coach Dildine. Lytle is married to Kristin and has four children. He works full-time as a firefighter at the Indianapolis Fire Department in addition to his fighting career.

Martial arts background

Lytle started training for fighting in 1998, saying that it was "something to keep me active". He trains part-time outside of his regular job as a firefighter, attending single-discipline gyms rather than MMA camps. He has held championships in the Hook N' Shoot and Absolute Fighting Championship promotions, and recently won the Cage Rage World Welterweight Championship. He is became the 175 lb Indianamarker state boxing champion, saying, "By the end of the year (2004), I think I'll have a few more smaller boxing titles."

In 2006, Lytle was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4 on Spike, where he defeated Pete Spratt and Din Thomas in exhibition bouts to proceed to the welterweight finale. On November 11, Matt Serra defeated Lytle by split decision in The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale. Lytle was the more active fighter on the feet, with Serra tying up and using foot stomps until he got takedowns, at which time he became the more active fighter, with Lytle holding guard and seemingly waiting for the referee to stand the fight up. Two judges scored the bout 30-27 for Serra, and one judge scored the fight 30-27 for Lytle, but despite the scores the match was very close.He lost to former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Hughes on March 3 at UFC 68 in Columbus, Ohiomarker via unanimous decision.

Lytle fought Jason Gilliam at UFC 73 on July 7, 2007. Lytle controlled the pace of the fight in the first round and eventually brought Gilliam to the ground. Lytle worked from top position, and eventually sunk in an inverted triangle choke from top position. To seal the fight he locked in an inverted armbar on Gilliam's free arm, forcing him to tap.

At a United Fight League show taking place in Indianapolismarker, Indianamarker on August 11, 2007 Lytle defeated Matt Brown by guillotine choke in the second round.

After losing to Thiago Alves at UFC 78 via a controversial doctor stoppage due to a cut at the end of the second round, Lytle went on to defeat Kyle Bradley at UFC 81 by KO at 33 seconds of the first round. In an interview after the fight, Lytle stated that he had a new outlook on fighting; he would no longer pursue an "overly-technical" approach to each fight, but would go into his next fight and "not be afraid to lose."

On July 5, 2008 at UFC 86 Lytle lost to Josh Koscheck in a UFC Welterweight title eliminator fight. Kosheck used a brutal ground and pound style to open up massive cuts on Lytle's face and ultimately won by decision.

Lytle's next fight was against British fighter Paul Taylor at UFC 89 on October 18, 2008 in Birminghammarker, Englandmarker. Lytle won a unanimous decision. The judges scored it 29-28 (twice) and 30-27. The decision resulted in loud boos and Taylor was surprised at Lytle being awarded the judges’ decision. Sherdog, MMAWeekly and MMAJunkie thought Taylor had won the decision. The fight was awarded Fight of the Night by the UFC and both fighters received $40,000 following their fight.

Lytle's next fight was on January 17, 2009, against Marcus Davis at UFC 93. Both fighters are former boxers and had discussed a potential fight in their futures since early 2008. Lytle called out Davis after his win in UFC 89. He suggested that the fight take place in Ireland, where Davis had garned a substantial following due to his emphasis on his Irish roots. Leading up to the event, both fighters promised to stand and trade blows for the entire fight, rather than engage in grappling. Lytle managed to stun Davis several times, but Davis used superior footwork, counterpunching, and kicks to win a split decision.. The bout shared Fight of the Night honors with the Coleman/Rua co-main event, earning Lytle a $40,000 bonus. Lytle again won Fight of the Night at the Ultimate Fighter 9 finale, defeating Kevin Burns, Lytle received a $25,000 bonus along with Diego Sanchez, Clay Guida, Joe Stevenson, and Nate Diaz who's respective fights also won Fight of the Night. He was scheduled to fight Carlos Condit on September 16, 2009 at UFC Fight Night 19, but had to pull out due to a knee injury.

Lytle is expected to face Kim Dong-hyun on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110.

Mixed martial arts record

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Kim Dong-hyun UFC 110 Sydney, Australiamarker
Win 27–17–5 Kevin Burns Decision (Unanimous) The Ultimate Finale 9 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevadamarker Won Fight of the Night Honors
Loss 26–17–5 Marcus Davis Decision (Split) UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson 3 5:00 Dublin, Irelandmarker Won Fight of the Night Honors
Win 26–16–5 Paul Taylor Decision (Unanimous) UFC 89: Bisping vs. Leben 3 5:00 Birmingham, Englandmarker UKmarker Won Fight of the Night Honors
Loss 25–16–5 Josh Koscheck Decision (Unanimous) UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, United Statesmarker
Win 25–15–5 Kyle Bradley TKO (Punches) UFC 81: Breaking Point 1 0:33 Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, United Statesmarker Won Knockout of the Night Honors
Loss 24–15–5 Thiago Alves TKO (Cut) UFC 78: Validation 2 5:00 Newark, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker Won Fight of the Night Honors
Win 24–14–5 Matt Brown Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFL – United Fight League 2 2:49 Indianamarker, United Statesmarker
Win 23–14–5 Jason Gilliam Submission (Inverted triangle choke & straight armbar) UFC 73: Stacked 1 2:15 Sacramentomarker, Californiamarker Won Submission of the Night Honors
Loss 22–14–5 Matt Hughes Decision (Unanimous) UFC 68: Uprising 3 5:00 Columbus, Ohiomarker, United Statesmarker
Loss 22–13–5 Matt Serra Decision (Split) The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, United Statesmarker For The Ultimate Fighter 4 Welterweight Winner
Win 22–12–5 Ross Mason Submission (Rear Naked Choke) CR 15 – Adrenalin Rush 2 4:57 London, Englandmarker, UKmarker Cage Rage -77 kg Title
Win 21–12–5 Savant Young Submission (Strikes) WEC 18 – Unfinished Business 1 3:50 Lemoore, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker
Loss 20–12–5 Joe Riggs TKO (Cut) UFC 55: Fury 2 2:00 Uncasville, Connecticutmarker, United Statesmarker
Win 20–11–5 Brian Dunn TKO LOF 1 – Legends of Fighting 1 1 Indianamarker, United Statesmarker
Win 19–11–5 Pat Healy Decision (Split) WEC 15 – Judgment Day 3 5:00 Lemoore, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker
Loss 18–11–5 Karo Parisyan Decision (Unanimous) UFC 51: Super Saturday 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, United Statesmarker
Win 18–10–5 JT Taylor Submission (Choke) WEC 12 – Halloween Fury 3 1 2:53 Lemoore, Californiamarker, United Statesmarker
Win 17–10–5 Ronald Jhun Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC 49: Unfinished Business 2 1:17 Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, United Statesmarker
Win 16–10–5 Tiki Ghosn Submission (Bulldog Choke) UFC 47: It's On 2 1:55 Las Vegas, Nevadamarker, United Statesmarker
Win 15–10–5 Pete Spratt Submission (Rear Naked Choke) RSF – Shooto Challenge 2 1 0:46 Illinoismarker, United Statesmarker
Loss 14–10–5 Robbie Lawler Decision (Unanimous) UFC 45: Revolution 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticutmarker, USAmarker
Win 14–9–5 Derrick Noble Submission (Rear Naked Choke) RSF – Shooto Challenge 2 2:04 Illinoismarker, United Statesmarker
Win 13–9–5 Chatt Lavender TKO (Triangle Choke) AFC 5 – Absolute Fighting Championships 5 1 0:55 Floridamarker, United Statesmarker
Win 12–9–5 LaVerne Clark Decision (Unanimous) Battleground 1 – War Cry 3 5:00 Illinoismarker, United Statesmarker
Loss 11–9–5 Koji Oishi Decision (Split) Pancrase – Hybrid 4 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japanmarker
Win 11–8–5 Aaron Riley KO HOOKnSHOOT – Boot Camp 1.1 1 Indianamarker, United Statesmarker
Loss 10–8–5 Izuru Takeuchi Decision (Majority) Pancrase – Spirit 9 3 5:00 Tokyo, Japanmarker
Win 10–7–5 Yuji Hoshino Submission (Triangle Choke) Pancrase – Spirit 7 1 2:09 Tokyo, Japanmarker
Loss 9–7–5 Nick Diaz Decision IFC WC 17 – Warriors Challenge 17 3 5:00 Californiamarker, United Statesmarker
Win 9–6–5 Kazuo Misaki Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – Proof 7 3 5:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 8–6–5 Jake Ambrose Submission CR 2 – Cage Rage 2 1 Indianamarker, United Statesmarker
zDraw 7–6–5 Dave Strasser Draw RSF 3 – Reality Submission Fighting 3 1 18:00 Illinoismarker, United Statesmarker
zDraw 7–6–4 Nick Hide Draw CCC – Circle City Challenge N/A Indianamarker, United Statesmarker
Win 7–6–3 Beaver Beaver N/A BBC – Bad Boy Competition 1
Win 6–6–3 Mike Haltom Submission (Strikes) BBC – Bad Boy Competition N/A
Loss 5–6–3 Ben Earwood Decision UFC 28: High Stakes 2 5:00 New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker
Loss 5–5–3 Shonie Carter Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – 2000 Anniversary Show 3 3:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 5–4–3 Taro Obata Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) Pancrase – Trans 5 1 2:56 Tokyo, Japanmarker
Loss 4–4–3 Daisuke Ishii Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – Trans 4 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japanmarker
Win 4–3–3 CJ Fernandes Submission (Triangle Choke) HOOKnSHOOT – Double Fury 1 N/A
Loss 3–3–3 Keiichiro Yamamiya Decision (Unanimous) Pancrase – Trans 1 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japanmarker
zDraw 3–2–3 Ikuhisa Minowa Draw Pancrase – Breakthrough 11 1 15:00 Yokohama, Japan
Loss 3–2–2 Dave Menne Decision (Unanimous) EC 29 – Extreme Challenge 29 2 5:00 Wisconsinmarker, United Statesmarker
Win 3–1–2 Luke Pedigo Submission (Guillotine Choke) HOOKnSHOOT – Millennium 1 1:57
zDraw 2–1–2 Takafumi Ito Draw Pancrase – 1999 Neo-Blood Tournament, Round 1 2 3:00 Tokyo, Japanmarker
Loss 2–1–1 Jason Delucia Decision (Majority) Pancrase – Breakthrough 7 1 10:00 Tokyo, Japanmarker
Win 2–0–1 Daisuke Watanabe Submission Pancrase – Breakthrough 6 1 5:30 Tokyo, Japanmarker
zDraw 1–0–1 Osami Shibuya Draw Pancrase – Breakthrough 4 1 15:00 Yokohama, Japan
Win 1–0 Bo Hershberger Submission (Strikes) NG 10 – Neutral Grounds 10 1 11:33 Indianamarker, United Statesmarker

Professional boxing record

13 Wins (7 knockouts, 6 decisions), 1 Loss (1 decision), 1 Draw
Rd., Time
Omar Pittman
TKO 7 , 0:42
June 18 2005 Rising Sun, INmarker
Verdell Smith
 Unanimous decision  8
 November 27 2004  Rising Sun, IN
Thomas Kirk
Unanimous decision 6
October 19 2004   Indianapolis, INmarker  
Jonathan Corn
Unanimous decision 8
May 1 2004 Indianapolis, IN
Reggie Strickland
Unanimous decision 6
February 3 2004 Indianapolis, IN
Shay Mobley
Unanimous decision 8
October 17 2003 Merrillville, INmarker
Darin Johnson
KO 3 , 1:37
October 7 2003 Indianapolis, IN
Mike Paul
TKO 1 , 1:08
August 5 2003 Indianapolis, IN
John Moore
Unanimous decision 8
June 25 2003 Evansville, INmarker
Guy Solis
TKO 1 , 2:59
June 3 2003 Indianapolis, IN
John Moore
TKO 8 , 1:43
April 1 2003 Indianapolis, IN
Ruben Ruiz
TKO 1 , 2:59
December 3 2002 Indianapolis, IN
Donnie Penelton
Unanimous decision 4
October 1 2002 Indianapolis, IN
Toris Smith
August 6 2002 Memphis, TNmarker
Matt Putnam
Draw 4
June 25 2002 Baraboo, WImarker

Notes and references

  1. Episode Recap mentioning his children and his job as a firefighter
  2. 18 Questions for Chris Lytle (2009-1-14)
  7. Marcus Davis vs Chris Lytle on tap for UFC 93, (2008-11-03)]
  8. Henderson Edges Franklin with Split Decision, (2009-01-18)
  9. UFC 93 Notebook: Judging Judges (2009-01-19)
  10. [1]

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