The political aspirations of former UFC contender Chris Lytle were put on hold yesterday, as he failed to secure the Republican primary nomination for the Indiana State Senate. Lytle announced his plans to run for local office shortly after his retirement from fighting in August of last year. The crafty fighting vet known for finding a way to win in the cage announced via twitter last night that he lost the nomination, coming in second to Republican nominee Mike Crider.
“Almost,” Lytle tweeted. “I finished 2nd. It was a good fight.”
A resident of New Palestine, Indiana, Lytle was born, bred and educated in The Hoosier State. He was running for office in the 28th District, encompassing the area just east of Indianapolis, where “Lights Out” works as a firefighter. Lytle has not announced yet if he will attempt to seek office again in the next election.
During his fighting career, Lytle was known as a tough scrapper who never quite made it to the top. At 31-18-5, Lytle held the record for most performance bonuses in the UFC, routinely scoring knockout and submission of the night honors. He decided to announce his retirement on a win after submitting UK standout Dan Hardy on a UFC fight night they were headlining.