Sunday, January 11, 2009

"Agreement" or not, Chris Lytle willing to adapt style to win

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The first bout of any mixed martial arts broadcast can easily set the tone for the remainder of the evening.

While that can be a risky proposition for many combatants, it's safe to assume Saturday's "UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson" will be off to a quick start when Chris Lytle (26-16-5 MMA, 5-8 UFC) meets Marcus Davis (15-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC).

And while the two have a well-documented "gentleman's agreement" to keep the fight standing, Lytle says he'll do whatever it takes to win.

"It could definitely end up on the ground," Lytle recently told TAGG Radio (, the official radio partner of ( "And I'm not thinking for a minute that there's no way [Davis] is going to try and take me down. I think that's definitely possible."

While the two have both agreed through various media outlets to keep the fight on the feet, Lytle isn't giving up the possibility the whole scheme could be an elaborate ruse by his adversary.

"Even if somebody does say something like that, that could just be a good plan to try and outsmart [me] and try and take [me] down the whole time and win a decision," Lytle said. "I'm definitely not thinking that's what going to happen, but I wouldn't mark it out of the realm of possibility."

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