Should Chris Lytle still be on a UFC main card?
Kelly: Yes, but his time is nearing an end. The Indianapolis firefighter is an exciting fighter, but he's been brutalized in two of his last three fights and has 16 losses overall. Sixteen losses! That's more than Ken Shamrock, who hasn't won a fight in four years! Lytle is on the main card not because of his prowess as a fighter, but because he's fun to watch. He comes out swinging and doesn't stop until someone drops, but lately it's been more him than his opponent. Lytle has fought some of the best fighters in the world -- Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, Josh Koscheck and Thiago Alves, to name a few. For that reason his record may be forgivable, but I think he's doomed to be a gatekeeper for the welterweight division. He'll be that guy that the UFC uses as a trial by fire to see if newcomers have what it takes to be in the octagon.
Mark: He may be doomed to be a gatekeeper, but there are worse ways to make a paycheck. Of course he should still be on UFC main cards. They give those slots mainly to guys who are a draw and guys who are up-and-comers, but you need some Lytle's there too just to keep things interesting. Dana White always tells fighters their futures are safe if they put on an entertaining show, so I would have to think Lytle qualifies at this point. If he had lost to a lot of nobodies, then that's one thing. But you make a good point in that he's fought some top-caliber guys. He's certainly not in a position to be climbing the ranks, but he's still a serviceable fighter, especially as a gatekeeper.
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