Former UFC welterweight Chris Lytle earned a reputation during his MMA career as a fighter who never backed down from a challenge and kept things competitive in every bout. In fact, in more than fifty total bouts Lytle was only finished twice with each involving a cut meaning he was never knocked out or submitted despite fighting some of the sport’s best.

Lytle, who retired from the ring last fall, brought that same tenacity with him into a recent run at the Indiana State Senate.

“I’ve decided that I can no longer let our government run with the same attitude that it has been for years,” said Lytle when initially announcing his political aspirations. “Our politicans worry about themselves more than the people they represent. That needs to change.

Unfortunately, while the 37-year old gave it all he had, things didn’t go his way come election-time.

“Almost. I finished 2nd. It was a good fight,” wrote Lytle last night on his Twitter account.

Lytle came in slightly ahead of one candidate but received 11% less votes than the eventual winner, Mike Crider. The election was not actually for the Senate seat but rather a primary to determine the district’s Republican nominee.