If there was some way to bet on who’s gonna win bonuses during a UFC event, I’d put some money on Chris Lytle winning one of them. God knows, the UFC loves giving them to him:
Lytle has put on a show in each of his last four bouts. With a 3-1 record in those fights (losing only because of a cut he suffered against top-five welterweight Thiago Alves), he has won the Submission of the Night Award twice, Knockout of the Night once, and Fight of the Night once.
I’m still not happy about the KO of the Night Lytle won at UFC 81, and while Lytle’s subbing of Jason Gilliam at UFC73 was pretty slick, it still doesn’t really impress me when crafty veterans smash UFC virgins to smithereens. Fuck, put someone who’s wheelchair-bound in front of me and I’ll give you a performance worth some bonus money too. That’s about how it lines up across the skill levels.
The thing that bugs me about Chris Lytle is that he’s never going to get anywhere. Give him newbs and he’ll whup them impressively. But every time he faces any real competition – Karo Parisyan, Joe Riggs, Matt Serra, Thiago Alves, Nick Diaz, Shonie Carter, Robbie Lawler, the list goes on and on and on – he loses. The only time he’s managed to win against anyone good was versus Pete Spratt and Misaki.
The UFC has given this guy so many chances to try and succeed and he never does. Tonight he’s being set up to sink or swim again, and I’m expecting him to sink. The only question is if the UFC will finally cut him afterwards, or just give him another 30k bonus and some more scrubs in the prelims.