Mixed martial arts at Conseco 


Top Indiana fighters compete

This Saturday night, Conseco Fieldhouse will host the biggest local mixed-martial arts show in Indiana’s history. The United Fight League is presenting a 15-bout card, which features some of the best of Indy’s local talent.

The main event features New Palestine resident Chris “Lights Out” Lytle, Indiana’s most accomplished MMA fighter.

Keith Palmer, the president of United Fight League, says, “Years ago, the UFC brought a card to Market Square Arena, featuring Matt Hughes. Since then, mixed martial arts have taken off. No local card has offered this much talent.”

He adds, “Indiana has some top-notch fighters. If we didn’t, I wouldn’t think of putting on a show this big.”

One fighter, Chris Lytle, 32, has been fighting in the UFC. Moreover, he was the finalist in the Spike TV Ultimate Fighter show, MMA’s answer to The Contender boxing series. Lytle lost a split and highly disputed decision to the current UFC welterweight champion, Matt Serra.

For Lytle, the loss was hard to take. “When they announced the decision, I was dumbfounded. I had sacrificed so much for that competition, mainly time away from my family … It took awhile to get over that loss. I felt cheated. But then I realized that I did get some good national exposure. Now I’m ready to move on.”

Lytle, married with four children, works full-time for the Indianapolis Fire Department. Currently, he is still under the contract with the UFC, but they agreed to let him fight this one time for the UFL, in front of his hometown fans.

“It’s going to be great to be in front of all my friends and family.”

Lytle also boxes professionally, acquiring a record of 13-1.

Palmer believes in Chris Lytle. “I believe he is the best athlete in Indiana. No disrespect toward Marvin Harrison or Peyton Manning, but this guy is on top of his game, while being a husband, devoted father to four kids and working as a full-time firefighter. Can you name very many professional athletes in major league sports who work a regular full-time job and still give great performances in their sport?”

Lytle’s opponent is Matthew Brown from Columbus, Ohio. Palmer says, “Matt Brown’s style is a lot like Chris’: good at stand up and good on the ground. Neither guy holds anything back.”

But the Lytle-Brown fight is not the only standout match on the card. According to Palmer, “This card is stacked deep. We will be featuring Gary Myers’ last fight.”

Myers, 42, is the first Hoosier to fight on Pay Per View. The Muncie fighter wants one last match and wants it in front of an Indiana audience.

He will be going up against Sam Toole. Palmer believes that this fight will be the perfect match, pitting youth against experience.

The fights begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Conseco Fieldhouse box office or through

Ticketmaster, call 317-239-5151.

United Fight League 15-bout show
Saturday, Aug. 11, 7 p.m.
Conseco Fieldhouse
Tickets: Conseco Fieldhouse box office or Ticketmaster, 317-239-5151


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