"I can't say it's always closed. I've made this comment to them before, I said, ‘hey man, I'm not willing to put in eight weeks of training but if you called me and said, hey, I have this possible fight Chris. Somebody backed out and we need you in a week. We need you in five days, we need you here. I could take it. There's a couple guys I do want to fight on short notice because I wouldn't have to spend all that time away from my family and, like I said, I'm still training some, I still feel like I'm in good shape right now. And as veteran I know how to condition myself to where I could last three rounds. So, you never know. If you have something last minute, let me know. That's the only way I could see it. If it was like two weeks before a fight or something, but you give me two months I don't think I could...I mean, I can't say never. There is a couple possibilities if they said, if Dana or somebody came to me and said, hey Chris, I would really like you to do this, take this certain fight for one reason. I'd say ok, I can do one but I'm not planning on coming back long term. I could do something possibly but I definitely don't see that happening but you never can tell."
-- Retired Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Chris Lytle tells BJPenn.com that he would be willing to strap on the gloves at least one more time if the UFC came calling for him to take a short-notice fight. Lytle has flown under the radar since his in-cage retirement following his victory over Dan Hardy at UFC Live 5 in August 2011, but clearly he still has the passion to compete in the sport -- just not enough to put in a full eight-week training camp multiple times a year. "Lights Out" has a history as one of the most exciting fighters the UFC has ever seen, and in his 20-fight career with the organization racked up 10 career post-fight bonuses and over half a million in extra cash for his efforts. Many believe Lytle's retirement, while understandable, was premature and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 4 runner-up had more fights left in him. While it seems Lytle is content with no longer getting punched in the head for money, he admittedly still has the thirst compete, which means seeing him in the cage again isn't unrealistic.
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