Chris “Lights Out” Lytle will be looking to live up to his nickname this weekend as he will be taking on Josh Koscheck at UFC 86. The MMA veteran will be entering his 46th professional fight, and during his nine year career his strategy had never changed until he entered the most important fight of his life at the Ultimate Fighter Season 4 Finals against Matt Serra.“A few fights ago I kind of changed my fighting style to more of a go for broke type of fighter,” Lytle told UFC.com. “I had the most on the line and I feel like my whole mentality training for it was ‘don’t get taken down and you’ll win, just don’t get taken down’ . . . and I just wasn’t aggressive enough. I made that my whole goal as opposed to ‘do more’ and I stopped the takedown but obviously it wasn’t what the judges were looking for. That was my toughest loss.”
Serra isn’t an outstanding wrestler, but he is exceptional at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, so it is understandable why Lytle wouldn’t want to be on his back. As experienced as Lytle already is, it just goes to show you that you are never too old to learn something new. Even if it is something that you already knew, focus on your strengths and impose them on your opponent.
Lytle will be facing a similar task against Koscheck, who was a collegiate All-American wrestler and will certainly look to put Lytle on his back. However, Lytle will ready with his own strategy.
“The dream scenario is (Koscheck) coming out there wanting to stand up with me, and us getting in some good exchanges and me doing what I feel like I do best—catching him and clipping him and hurting him and putting him away on our feet,” Lytle stated. “Before he gets a chance to be like, ‘oh this isn’t cool, I’m gonna take him down.’ Before that even happens. That’s the kind of fight I want. I want us both out there trying to hurt each other.”
Lytle will look to put Koscheck’s lights out, and make it an exciting fight for the fans.
“My main goal is to not get taken down and held down for a couple minutes because, obviously, you’re going to lose like that—but also because nobody wants to see a guy sit in another guy’s guard, which has happened to me a couple of times,” Lylte said. “I don’t want that to be the case. I don’t want a guy to be able to eke out a decision just by sitting on me in terms of not letting me throw good punches or submit him, just kind of controlling it. I don’t want that to be the case. I’ve been working a lot on staying out of that position. I’m also working on different submissions I feel I could use and different ways to get back to my feet if I can.”
Hopefully, Lytle will be able to execute his game plan to perfection, otherwise, it could be “Lights Out” for him.