(He may be a nice guy who doesn’t mean-mug, but Lytle’s no slouch.)
Chris Lytle (30-17-5) could take a dramatic jump up the UFC’s 170-pound ladder if he gets past his next rumored opponent.
According Sportsnet.ca, to the Indianapolis fighter could take on welterweight contender Carlos Condit (26-5) February 5 at UFC 126, which is surprising, considering that the Albuquerque, NM fighter turned down a fight with Jon Fitch on the same card because he felt he didn’t have enough time to prepare for the fight.
Reps from Lytle’s camp informed us this afternoon that they have yet to be contacted by the UFC, but they aren’t completely surprised that the fight is being considered as they requested the bout after Condit mentioned earlier this week that he would love to face "Lights Out."
When you think about it, Carlos has much more to lose by taking a fight with Lytle over one with Fitch, so he may regret the decision after February 5.
Losing to Fitch, who has been the UFC’s perennial number one welterweight contender wouldn’t really change his standing and would simply mean that Condit would have to win a few more fights against top-five opponents to earn a shot at the title.
Losing to the Indiana Firefighter would drop Condit down a few more pegs on the division’s contender leader board, putting him behind a glut of fighters who have garnered consideration for a title shot and would exponentially propel Lytle into top four title contention, given Carlos’ recent win over former number one contender Dan Hardy.
Other than by cuts, Lytle has never been finished, so hopefully for his sake Carlos isn’t taking Lytle lightly, because the end results could have a major impact on his rising career.