It’s hard to fault Lytle for hanging his gloves up to spend more time with his family and focus on a career in politics. However, that doesn’t make his leaving any more easy to stomach. Lytle was as tough as nails, competing more than 50 times without ever being finished outside of two cut-based stoppages. He was also fighting as good as he ever had towards the end of his run in the ring, winning five of six scraps including victories over Matt Serra, Dan Hardy, and Matt Brown.
When it comes to discussing Mixed Martial Artists and retirement the conversation tends to be on fighters who have held on a little too long a la Jens Pulver, Chuck Liddell, or Tito Ortiz. However, there are plenty of pugilists who have walked away from the UFC with gas left in the tank to the chagrin of countless fans. Here’s a look at five competitors whose time in the Octagon was cut short… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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