Chris Lytle's Blogs

  • John Morgan Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen

    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the blog. This week, Breen welcomes MMAJunkie's John Morgan to “Press Row.”

    The two discuss a pair of sudden departures from this past weekend: the retirement of exciting veteran Chris Lytle and the untimely passing of trainer Shawn Tompkins. They converse on what UFC fighters, welterweights or otherwise, can fill Lytle's role as an all-action fighter, and the immediate impact of Tompkins' passing on his current pupils and their respective careers.

    Breen and Morgan also touch on what the ultimate legacies for Lytle and Tompkins will be as MMA history trudges forward and how it might change over time.

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

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  • Poll: Should Lytle Reconsider?

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  • Roundtable: UFC Live 5 By: TJ De Santis

    Jack Encarnacao returned to The Sherdog Radio Network Friday for a roundtable discussion of "UFC Live 5" which takes place Sunday night in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Joining Jack was an all panel. Jordan Breen, Mike Whitman, and Todd Martin all broke down the card that features a welterweight main event between Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle

    The panel also looks ahead to tonight's Strikeforce Challengers card and tomorrow nights MMA Fight Pit: Genesis card.

    Check out the show and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Beatdown: Lytle, Benavidez, Miller, Constantino By: TJ De Santis

    The Sherdog Radio Network may still not be live, however Monday brought a jam packed edition of "Beatdown" to the masses.

    Jack Encarnacao and Jon Luther returned to The SRN in taped form Monday. On the program were MMA personalities involved in this Sunday's UFC Live 5 card in Milwaukee.

    Despite coming off of a loss to UFC 133 victor Brian Ebersole, Chris Lytle finds himself in the main event Sunday night against Dan Hardy. "Lights Out" chatted with Jack and Jon about the welterweight showdown. Lytle also expounds on the age old question if it's better to win or be entertaining in mixed martial arts.

    Team Alpha Male product Joseph Benavidez faces Eddie Wineland Sunday night in a bantamweight matchup. Benavidez breaks down the upcoming bout and if he feels it's a benefit having his teammate Urijah Faber hold a win over the Illinois native. Joseph also talks about possibly moving down to 125 pounds in the future and if he keeps an eye on the budding division.

    Cole Miller looks to prove that he "doesn't suck" Sunday night in Milwaukee. The American Top Team product dives in to his matchup with T.J. O'Brien with Encarnacao and Luther. "Megrinho" also reveals his aspirations for moving back down to featherweight in the future.

    Fighters aren't the only men involved on UFC Live 5 card. AMA Fight Club trainer Mike Constantino will be in the corner of UFC lightweight contender Jim Miller as he takes on former WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Constantino also talks about the landscape of the UFC's 155 pound division.

    Check out the show and our archives by clicking here.

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  • Lytle on Hardy Fight: Someone Will Get Hurt By: Staff

    Chris Lytle (Pictured), on “Beatdown,” discussing his upcoming bout against Dan Hardy:

    “I felt bad for Dan after his last fight. I’ve been there. I’ve been in the position where my mindset was, ‘I just want to throw punches and fight.’ I think that’s where Dan was last time, and he didn’t get that fight. He got taken down a lot. Anthony [Johnson], he hadn’t fought in a long time and I think he was like, ‘I got to get this win.’ I’m not trying to think like that. Dan Hardy’s not trying to think like that either, I don’t think. You put the two of us together, somebody’s going to get hurt. We both want to knock each other out, and that’s the kind of fight I like. I always feel like, you put me in there with somebody like that, I’m going to open up and give you chances to hurt me, but guess what? You’re going to give me chances too. I think I’m going to come out on top in that battle. Couldn’t ask for a better fight.”

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  • Radio: Chris Lytle & Bjorn Rebney By: TJ De Santis

    Hey Everybody!

    Wednesday brought new episodes of "The Savage Dog Show" and "Beatdown" to The Sherdog Radio Network.

    On "The SDS" Greg and Jeff were joined by Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney. The BFC head chatted about the promotion's fourth season, the upcoming lightweight finale, and the continuing partnership with MTV2.

    Meanwhile, on "Beatdown" I was joined by Lutfi Sariahmed and UFC welterweight fighter Chris Lytle. "Lights Out" in involved in this year's "Pepsi Refresh Project." The inititive rewards projects that are trying to benefit local communities with a $50,000 grant. Lytle talks about the program he has gotten behind with this effort. The Indiana native also talks about his August bout with former welterweight title challenger Dan Hardy.

    Check out the shows and our archives by clicking here.

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  • UFC 127 ‘Penn vs. Fitch’ Analysis: The Main Card By: Tim Leidecker

    Dennis Siver (file photo, left) put on a show at UFC 127. |

    The UFC’s return to Australia was characterized by a couple of evenly matched fights. The quality and name value of UFC 127 “Penn vs. Fitch” offered a little bit of everything, with two upsets and a technically and tactically supreme headliner as its centerpieces.

    Analysis follows for the five main card bouts at UFC 127.

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  • 5 Matches to Make After UFC 119

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    Ryan Bader vs. Rich Franklin

    Based on what we saw from Bader against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the idea of matching him against Jon Jones seems less than ideal. It’s certainly no knock on Bader, but he’s simply not as far along in his development as Jones. And who is?

    Sacrificing prospects against one another is a losing game all around, especially when the UFC has nearly every light heavyweight of note under contract. Among them is the durable Franklin. A southpaw with underrated striking technique and an overall level of versatility that eludes most light heavyweights, “Ace” is exactly the challenge Bader needs.

    A single overhand right fastball from Bader and Franklin is going to sleepy town, but the same was said about Chuck Liddell when he fought the reformed school teacher. It also bears noting that Nogueira was just an extra gear away from dragging Bader into some deep water. Franklin might be the guy to finish what the Brazilian started.

    Chris Lytle vs. Dong Hyun Kim

    The classic “prospect vs. veteran” matchmaking angle is what Kim needs now more than anything else. The South Korean ground-and-pound ace fights with savvy that belies his relative inexperience against world-class competition.

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  • Lytle Aiming for Quick Turnaround By: Mike Sloan

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  • The 5 Best Moments from UFC 116

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    UFC 116 was like watching “Blade Runner” on mute with Faith No More playing in the background -- unvarnished gonzo awesomeness.

    What follows is a collection of the five moments that sum up this doozy of an evening.

    Lesnar Stands Up

    After losing for the first time in some 10 years, Fedor Emelianenko famously said “The man who doesn’t fall, doesn’t stand up.”

    On Saturday night, Brock Lesnar fell and he fell hard. Shane Carwin’s freakish punching power looked like it was too much for the supposedly unstoppable South Dakotan freight train. Both standing and on the mat, Lesnar ate everything Carwin had to offer for nearly five full minutes.

    It was near the five minute mark that Lesnar did what no one had done after taking Carwin’s best shot -- he stood up. Now that this most unlikely of UFC heavyweight champions has secured his place atop the division, there is a certain poetic justice to him living up the words of his predecessor.

    Leben Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

    He was out on his feet, tossed all over the cage and had the face to prove it, but Chris Leben did what he always does -- he kept coming forward. That almost inhuman ability to endure in the face of impossible odds was looking like it may not be enough however, as Yoshihiro Akiyama was inching closer and closer to a decision win.

    With just a few scant seconds left on the clock, Leben lived up to his cardiac kid reputation by cinching a fight-ending triangle choke that sent a wildly partisan crowd into nationalistic hysterics. Considering his recent comeback win over Aaron Simpson, it was the perfect closing note to an impossible two-week run of heroics for the alumnus of the very first season of “The Ultimate Fighter.”

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