MMA Fighter Challenges People to Punch Him in the Face, Everyone Fails

Wednesday Morning MMA Link Club


(Ryan Jimmo‘s epic victory-robot from Friday night. Props: Card)

Some selected highlights from our friends around the MMA blogosphere. E-mail feedback@cagepotato.com for details on how your site can join the MMA Link Club…

- Tongue Wrestling: The 25 Greatest Trash-Talking Affairs in MMA History (BleacherReport.com/MMA)

- Kampmann Looks to Correct Mistakes of the Past at UFC Live (Versus MMA Beat)

- Compustrike: UFC 127 by the Numbers (LowKick)

- Chris Lytle to Consider Retirement After Secret Surgery, UFC 127 Loss (MMA Fighting)

- Now You Can Train MMA — Inside Your Local Wal-Mart (MiddleEasy)

- Michael Bisping’s Camp Points Finger At Jorge Rivera’s Boxing Coach For UFC 127 Incidents (MMA Convert)

- Gracie Breakdown: BJ Penn vs. Jon Fitch (MMA-Scraps)

- Strikeforce Title Contender Liz Carmouche: “Jitters Aren’t Something That You Can Have When You’re Out in Iraq With Your Weapon.” (Five Ounces of Pain)

- Dana White: “Fedor Emelianenko Looks Old and It’s Over” (5thRound)

- FIGHT! RANKINGS: Penn Proves Ranking Correct, Siver & Bisping Enter Top 10 (FightMagazine)

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Smitty- March 3, 2011 at 8:13 am
@ RwilsonR
What are you, some sort of half lawyer, half scientists, with another half of freakin english teacher??? Well said dog. Some good shit!
RwilsonR- March 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Smitty - Very true that most champions are exciting, and still use smart gameplans. And there have been times where I've wanted Lytle to succeed so much that I wished he had employed better gameplans instead of just constantly going balls out. Maybe it would have led him to be a champion, and maybe not. But this sport is not just about champions, since only a few can ever reach that level, and I appreciate what Lytle brought along the way. Possibly my favorite fighter never to headline a card in the history of this sport. You just knew when he was on an undercard you would get a fight worth watching. He gave us some great stand-up battles, and some amazing submissions.
I suppose you are right, though, that as long as entertainment was his first priority, being a champion was probably not in the cards.
Smitty- March 2, 2011 at 11:05 am
@ RwilsonR
I can respect that. But you have to agree that "most" current champions are very entertaining (for the most part) in their fights, but they are also smart enough to know that "abandoning the gameplan" is not worth having all the fans in the world. Being a smart fighter is a big part of their success. I'm not tryin to put Lytle down, and I agree with EVERYTHING you said in your second paragraph, I was just making a point about his fighting style. Always a pleasure bro!
KarmaAteMyCat- March 2, 2011 at 10:17 am
Yeah Lytle retiring would certainly say something about the direction of the sport and his weight class.
RwilsonR- March 2, 2011 at 9:28 am
I totally disagree, Smitty. Lytle had a ton of technique in almost all areas, but he decided to forgo careful gameplans in favor of entertaining the fans. May not have been smart if he wanted a title, but it won him a lot of fans and bonuses.
 
I'm sad to see Lytle go if he retires. He was always a tough challenger for anyone, he always tried to go for the finish, and he always conducted himself with class and respect. Lytle never said a bad word about his opponents, and he truly embodied the notion that this was a sport and not simply brutality. Lytle's attitude and success inspired other fighters to share his position on these matters, and you can see it in many of the guys who were excited to fight him because of the show it would allow them to put on for the fans. He may not have been a champion, but I think this sport has been better for having had Chris Lytle in it, and I will be sad to see him go.
Smitty- March 2, 2011 at 8:52 am
DANGER, DANGER, Guy no one cares about.....STILL, on CP gif.

Lytle fights with a lot of heart, and may be fun to watch, but he's just another fighter that proves that without technique or, being able to evolve, you'll never even make it to contender status, much less become a champion.
jimbonics- March 2, 2011 at 7:55 am
Had a feeling that might've been Lytle's last. If so, he goes out with yet another bonus!
DangadaDang- March 2, 2011 at 6:19 am
Man I'll be upset if Lytle retires, he is with out a doubt one of the most exciting fighters in all of MMA. And one of the coolest guys to boot.
FaH Q NL15- March 2, 2011 at 5:58 am
Chris Lytle is a fuckin Don.
KarmaAteMyCat- March 2, 2011 at 5:51 am
That was an awesome robot.
El Famous Burrito- March 2, 2011 at 5:15 am
That was a pretty good robot. Are we going to get another blog from fight night and after?
Bob Reilly- March 2, 2011 at 3:34 am
That's almost as good as Anderson Silva's MJ walkout.
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