Chris Lytle knows how to fight inside the Octagon. Now, he wants to fight for the average Joe in his bid to claim a seat in the Indiana State Senate.
"Light's Out" recently announced his candidacy on The Underground:
"Hey everybody, this is Chris Lytle. I've decided that I can no longer let our government run with the same attitude that it has been for years. Our politicians worry about themselves more than the people they represent. That needs to change. Therefore, I'm running for state senate in Indiana. I know times are tough, but I would greatly appreciate campaign donation through my website Lytleforindiana.com. I don't care if it's $10, $20, or $50. It all helps. I'm running against someone who has been in there for 23 years and is well funded. Once again thanks and please watch how I start fighting in a new way."
Can Lytle submit "The Man" in "The Hoosier State?"
Lytle has spent his life as a renaissance man of sorts. In addition to his career as a professional mixed martial artist, he has served (and continues to serve) as a full time firefighter. He's also spent time as a professional boxer and is the father of four children.
He won't be the first fighter to express interest in joining the political ranks, as most fans are aware of Chael Sonnen's recent unsuccessful bid for the Oregon State House of Representatives (which was, of course, mired by controversy).
Sonnen's mentor, Matt Lindland, also ran for a seat in the Oregon State House of Representatives and was actually able to secure the Republican party nomination. Veteran MMA fighters Fedor Emelianenko and Jeff Monson have also expressed interest in running for public office.
It's a fight world, after all.
Anyone think the UFC fan favorite can make a difference? Or will this be a rare loss for the wily veteran? Any Hoosiers out there in MMA land care to document the struggles in Indiana?
The floor is yours.