Chris Lytle will be returning to action in 2018, but it won’t be in the UFC octagon, and it isn’t even in MMA.
“Lights Out” Lytle will be fighting in Bare Knuckle Boxing 9 at the O2 Arena in London on January 13, 2018, as he goes up against Lewis Gallant.
Lytle was last seen at Submission Underground in 2016 as he battled Jake Shields in a grappling bout.
Lytle is getting instant respect in Bare Knuckle Boxing odds at BetDSI.eu as he is listed as a -200 favorite against Gallant.
Bare Knuckles Boxing 9 Odds at BetDSI Sportsbook
Chris Lytle -200
Lewis Gallant +160
Lytle had a very successful MMA career as he went 31-18-5. He also did well in the UFC, going 10-10 in his 20 bouts. He has previous boxing experience with a 13-1 record, which includes 7 knockouts.
What bodes well for Lytle in Bare Knuckle Boxing is the fact that he has never been knocked out in his career. Lytle is a former Indiana Boxing Association champion as he won the light heavyweight title in 2003. It has been a long time since Lytle has seen any competitive boxing action, but many boxers have competed well into their 40s so it is not out of the question that Lytle could have success at age 43.
Gallant has already fought five times in Bare Knuckle Boxing, and he comes into this bout with a record of 3-2. He could have a difficult time handling the power of Lytle, as Gallant has already shown a tendency to get hit with a lot of powerful shots in his two losses.
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One thing we know about Lytle is that he is as tough as they come. He fought 20 times in the UFC and almost all of his fights were brutal battles. The only two fights he lost that didn’t go to a decision were stopped by the doctor, as he was defeated by TKO to Thiago Alves in 2007 and to Joe Riggs in 2005. Lytle would have continued in both of those fights, but the medical staff overseeing the action wouldn’t allow it.
Lytle almost always puts on a great show as his fights won Fight of the Night six times. He also had Knockout of the Night once and Submission of the Night three times.
Lytle should be able to overwhelm Gallant in this fight with his power and even if Gallant gets in some good shots, Lytle has shown he can take the punishment. Look for Lytle to get this win in his BKB debut.
The Bare Knuckle Boxing 9 card in the UK on January 13 will begin at 2 p.m. ET. There are a total of 11 fights on the BKB 9 card.
Bare Knuckle Boxing 9 Odds at BetDSI.eu
Chris Lytle -200 vs. Lewis Gallant
Louis Pow -190 vs. Luca Bergers
Michael Terrill -180 vs. Josh Burns
Jonny Lawson -120 vs. Tony Lafferty
Mickey Parker -115 vs. Tony Ward
Eric Olsen -175 vs. Scott Midgley
Trevor Soko -145 vs. Sean Donnelly
James Lilley -150 vs. Anthony Lee
Martin Thorne -120 vs. Haroon Khan
Melvin Guillard vs. Monterio Eugenio
Sean George vs. Liam Cullen
Check out the latest BKB odds at BetDSI Sportsbook.
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