Former UFC welterweight Chris Lytle
came up short in his bid to become the Republican nominee for
District 28 in the Indiana State Senate.
Lytle came in second place out of three potential Republican
nominees, garnering 30 percent of the 17,540 total votes in
Tuesday’s primary election. The victor, Michael R. Crider, earned
41 percent, besting Lytle by 1,929 votes. Meanwhile, John Merleau
came in third place, swaying 29 percent of voters to his cause.
Known as “Lights Out,” Lytle became one of MMA’s most seasoned
veterans over the course of his 12-year pro career. The 20-time UFC
veteran decided to call it quits last year after winning five out
of his last six bouts. Lytle, 37, ended his career on a high note,
finishing former title challenger Dan Hardy with
a guillotine choke at UFC Live 5 this past August.
A native Hoosier, Lytle works full time as a firefighter with the
Indianapolis Fire Department. The husband and father of four
initially revealed his interest in running for public office last
summer prior to his victory over Hardy. Known for his boxing skills
and submission game, Lytle holds the UFC record for most post-fight
awards, earning bonuses in exactly half of his Octagon outings
while compiling a 10-10 promotional record.