After some six years away from the UFC’s Octagon, former welterweight contender Chris Lytle made a triumphant return to fighting over the weekend, stepping into the ring for a bareknuckle boxing match in England. In this fight, Lytle defeated his opponent Lewis Gallant by third-round TKO, per Daily Star.
Lytle’s last mixed martial arts bout occurred in 2011, when he submitted Dan Hardy in the final minute of a three-round war. His penultimate bout was an upset loss to Brian Ebersole, which was preceded by four-straight wins over Matt Serra, Matt Brown, Brian Foster, and Kevin Burns.
In addition to his successful run as a mixed martial artist, Lytle went 13-1-1 in the boxing ring. His last boxing match occurred all the way back in the year 2005, when he defeated Omar Pittman via seventh-round TKO. Despite the fact that he hasn’t boxed professionally in years, Lytle’s experience in the in the ring clearly served him well in this bareknuckle contest.
Though it is widely outlawed around the world, bareknuckle boxing is currently thriving in the United Kingdom, where MMA veterans like Melvin Guillard, Shonie Carter, and Wes Simms have recently competed.
What do you think of this bareknuckle knockout from the former UFC star Chris Lytle?
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/14/2018.