Monday, December 01, 2008

"Conspiracy" Pits Lytle vs Davis at UFC 93

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One fighter that immediately stuck out was Chris Lytle. The two (Lytle and Davis) had often spoken at UFC events, and had agreed a meeting in the Octagon would be “fight of the night” material. So, they hatched a plan to make it happen at UFC 89.

“We were talking and the idea was that originally I was going to fight second, and he was going to fight before me,” Davis said of the UFC 89 plans. “Either I was going to call him out or he was going to call me out. Then they switched it. When I told my management I was going to call out Lytle, they were like, 'don’t call him out now. If he doesn’t win his fight and you call him out before, it will look stupid because you’re calling out the loser.'”

But Lytle kept up with his end of the bargain, winning a hard-fought decision over former Davis foe Paul Kelly. On the mic afterwards, Lytle made the plea for a fight with “The Irish Hand Grenade.”

The UFC must have been in on the conspiracy too, because two weeks later it was a done deal. Davis and Lytle would meet on Jan. 17 in Dublin, Ireland at UFC 93.

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