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UFC 127: Chris Lytle 'bummed' Carlos Condit injured but ready for Brian Ebersole in Australia

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Chris Lytle (30-17-5) will throw leather against Brian Ebersole (46-14-1) on Feb. 26 at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia for UFC 127.

It will mark the nineteenth time "Lights Out" has stepped inside the Octagon.

The 36-year old welterweight was originally slated for a scrap against Carlos Condit but the bout was called off when "The Natural Born Killer" suffered a knee injury. Lytle tells Pro MMA Radio what was running through his mind when he got word of the unfortunate news.

"Oh, man, I was really bummed. That's a fight I really wanted since I heard about it. I like his style. I like how he was gonna try to come out and fight me. He's not gonna try and outpoint me. He was gonna come out and try to knock me out. Those are the type of guys that I like to fight. It's harder nowadays when you start climbing that ladder, it's harder to fight guys who will fight you like that. A lot guys just wanna win at all costs no matter how boring."

While Ebersole may be making his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut, he's certainly no stranger to mixed martial arts (MMA). And despite his lack of recognition among the masses, Lytle knows he won't be easy to put away.

"I have been able to watch a little bit of his more recent stuff and the thing I'm noticing about him is he's an experienced guy. He knows what he's doing and he makes it tough to look good against him. I was watching some of his fights and no matter how good the caliber the guy was, he knows enough and is good enough that you're not going to just go out there and beat him up."

Georges St. Pierre has reigned supreme in the stacked UFC welterweight division for more than three years. If he is to defeat Jake Shields at UFC 129 it's likely he will vacate his 170-pound title in favor of a move up to middleweight for a superfight against Anderson Silva

That's not what Lytle wants to happen.

"If they said, ‘Chris you could fight Georges St. Pierre right now in a non-title fight or you can fight somebody else for the title,' I think I'd fight Georges St. Pierre. In my mind he's the toughest guy in the division."

If the title were to become vacant and Chris were to get his shot at the strap, he has an idea on who would be standing across from him on fight night.

"It's tough. There's so many good fighters right now in that division. I think you have to say it's gonna be hard to get away from Jon Fitch depending on what happens with his B.J. Penn fight."

Lytle hasn't always been a guy you can depend for exciting fights, as evidenced by his seven UFC fight night bonuses. When he first got in the game, he was just a young man from Indiana looking to make a name for himself.

"Back then things were a little different. I started back in 1998. I heard some of my buddies from wrestling were doing this thing they called shootfighting. They said it was like wrestling, but you get to hit people so I said ‘Okay I'll try that.' I went to the gym a couple of times and I watched. I didn't know anything. I was getting beat up by people who were terrible. They said, ‘Well there's a fight this weekend.' Someone I knew was fighting in it, so I went and watched. Just from my wrestling experience I was thinking, ‘Man they're not that good.' The next time there was a fight night, I got involved and I won and been liking it ever since then."

Lytle has established himself as a contender in MMA, but what casual fans may not know is he has a 13-1-1 record as a professional boxer. So how did that come about?

"I felt that my standup was not as good as my ground game. I wanted to correct it. Back in the early 2000s they (MMA fighters) would just basically do MMA the whole time. I wanted to go into a legitimate boxing place and learn legitimate boxing. I went to a boxing gym and started training there. A guy said ‘Hey we got a fight. They're not looking for a great boxer, they just want a guy to come in and take this fight.' I said, ‘Alright.' So I went out there and I was like the to be announced guy. They ended up calling it a draw in this guy's hometown, but I was pretty happy afterwards."

Chris Lytle has always been the working man of MMA. A blue collar guy that goes in and simply gets the job done. He thinks  his fight against Ebersole will end the same way his last four fights have ended.

"It's gonna end with me having my hand raised."

Will it be "Lights Out" for the "Bad Boy" in the Land Down Under? Tune in to UFC 127 on Feb. 26, live on pay-per-view, to find out.

(Note: The live event takes place in Australia on Sunday, Feb. 27, but will air stateside on Saturday night at 10 p.m. ET as a result of the disparity in time zones.)

For more on Lytle, check out MMAmania.com's exclusive presentation of Pro MMA Radio by clicking here.

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