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MMA News: Lytle Retires, Zuffa, Gilbert Melendez and More

| by Sports Nickel

Chris Lytle told Ariel Helwani at NBCSports.com that it’s time for him to be around more for his kids and that he’s retiring from MMA.

“I’ve been fighting since ’98, fighting forever, a lot of it is just that I’m not doing my responsibilities like I need to at home. I feel like I’m not being the type of dad I want to. I got four kids and lots of times I feel just an immense sense of guilt for not being there in times when I should. I just feel like I have a lot of things in my head that I feel guilty about. I have a great time fighting, and I love fighting — I want to do it all the time — but I think that sometimes it’s time for me to not think about what I want and start thinking about what’s best for other people.”

Even though Lytle never quite reached the top of the mountain, he was always an exciting fighter and gave everything he had in every fight, win, lose, or draw. It was good to see him go out with a ‘W’ but he’ll be greatly missed. Class-act fighter.

In an interview with Ariel Helwani of NBCSports.com, Dana White said that he’s more than ready to re-sign Golden Glory fighters now that the business side has been cleared up.

“I’m not trying to fight with Bas Boon. I don’t dislike Bas Boon or any of the Golden Glory guys. There’s never been some kind of situation where there was some kind of fight between us and Golden Glory. I have no resentment whatsoever towards Golden Glory. I’ve seen Bas Boon a million times. He’s a nice guy. We just had different business opinions on how things should be done. He knows and I know and everybody over there [at Golden Glory] knows… even the fighters. I don’t give a shit what they tweet, what they take pictures of or what they say. They fucking know exactly how it worked and we would not do it that way. Now if Bas Boon is saying that this is the way that we can do it, then we can absolutely, positively make a deal and we can get this thing rolling again.”

Well, that’s good news for those fighters that lost their employment due to Golden Glory wanting to do business in a way that Zuffa would not. White also said this opens the door for Alistair Overeem to appear inside the UFC Octagon. I can’t wait.

Multiple reports are stating that Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez will be defending his belt this fall/winter at a yet-to-be determined date and location against Jorge Masvidal. However, Melendez denies those reports. “First of all, there is no contract signed,” said Melendez “But it’s not rocket science — it’s the process of elimination. Right now [Masvidal] seems like the No. 1 contender.” Well, in my eyes, Masvidal is the number one contender in the Strikeforce Lightweight Division, so I agree with Melendez. The fight will be signed, but after that, should he win, he needs to go to the big stage.

Dana White revealed the Fight Night Bonus winners during the post-fight press conference of UFC on Versus 5. Donald Cerrone earned the night’s “Knockout of the Night,” Chris Lytle earned the “Submission of the Night” award, and Chris Lytle and Dan Hardy took home “Fight of the Night” honors. Each fighter took home $65,000 for their efforts. All well deserved, and that’s a great retirement package for Lytle. That $130,000 bumped his career Fight Night bonuses to $515,000 in his career.

Tatame.com is reporting that a featherweight bout between Tie Quan Zhang and Darren Elkins is on its way to Houston at UFC 136 on October 8. This should be a very good fight. No clear favorite as I look at it now. Those are the best kind of fights.