It’s a fact: Chris Lytle is not only one of the most consistently exciting fighters to watch currently in the UFC, but in the history of the sport for that matter.
This UFC bonus check recovery specialist has taken being among the top earners in the promotion into his own hands, capturing a total of seven performance dictated bonus checks over the course of the last several years after making a conscious decision to focus almost exclusively on being known as one of the most electrifying athletes of mixed martial arts.
In total it has been four “Fight of the Night” honors, two “Submission of the Night” checks and a “Knockout of the Night” bonus that has helped to factually legitimize Lytle as a bonafide bad ass that likely has the late Arturo Gatti looking down on the Indiana based fireman, nodding his head in approval.
“That’s my main goal this year, when people here that I’m going to be on the card I want them to want to order the pay-per-view because they know it’s going to be an exciting fight,” said Lytle in a January 2009 conversation with FiveOuncesofPain.com. “I want to be in high demand and I want people to want to see my fights.
“I want to make sure that by the end of this year for everyone to want to see every fight I’m in. I want to be the kind of fighter that makes people want to buy pay per views just because I’m going to be on it.”
Mission accomplished, Chris. Well played.
All in all, Lytle has captured a grand total of $310,000 over the last two and a half years in FOTN bonus checks alone. Of course, that’s not counting the walking highlight reel’s guaranteed “show” and possible win money.
The moral of the story is that I could easily think of more than a handful of highly rated fighters that could do themselves a great service by taking a few notes from Lytle. I’ve heard the same consistently dull fighters promise excitement time and time again with no results, but action speaks louder than words, and of course money most definitely talks while empty promises walk.
Check out the fruits of Lytle’s hard work below:
$40,000 for “Submission of the Night” inverted triangle/straight armbar over Jason Gilliam during UFC 73 on July 7, 2007
$55,000 for “Fight of the Night” honors against Thiago Alves during UFC 78 on November 17, 2007
$60,000 for “Knockout of the Night” over Kyle Bradley during UFC 81 on February 2, 2008
$40,000 for “Fight of the Night” honors against Paul Taylor during UFC 89 on October 18, 2008
$40,000 for “Fight of the Night” honors against Marcus Davis during UFC 93 on January 17, 2009
$25,000 for “Fight of the Night” honors against Kevin Burns during The Ultimate Finale 9 on June 20, 2009
$50,000 for “Submission of the Night” kneebar over Brian Foster during UFC 110 on February 21, 2009