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UFC Welterweight Chris Lytle Eyeing Potential Political Bid in 2012

Chris Lytle has had a lot of experience balancing his dueling careers as a pro fighter and a full-time firefighter. Now he's considering adding a third to the list after forming an exploratory committee to examine a political run for the Indiana Statehouse in 2012.

The 36 year-old Lytle told MMA Fighting on Thursday that he's been discussing the move for the last few months and finally filed the papers to form the exploratory committee in order to begin preliminary fundraising, as well as to "see what people think about it."

"I see lots of things wrong with how things are run," said Lytle, who would be running as a Republican. "I think our state's doing a pretty good job, but you could always do a better job. I'm not the type of person who wants to sit there and complain about something and then not do anything about it. If there's any way I can help, I'm going to. For the past several years I studied economics and different governmental issues, pretty much on a daily basis. I feel I could actually help make a difference."

Lytle, who is considering running in either the 53rd district for the Indiana State House or the 28th district of the Indiana State Senate, said the economy would be his main focus if he does indeed begin a campaign.

As for how it would affect his fighting career if he was in fact elected, Lytle (30-18-5) said he might be nearing the point where he has to hang up the gloves anyway.

"I've known my fighting days were numbered for a while now. I don't know if you've noticed, but not too many guys fight for more than 14 or 15 years. It's very taxing on your body. I've been fighting since '98, and that's a long time. I always know I'm an injury away from it being over, so I'm just taking it one fight at a time and see how my body's feeling."

Besides, Lytle added, the legislative session only runs from for a few months out of the year and, as he put it, "my body could probably use the rest."

Before he can think about any of that, however, he has to focus on his fight with Dan Hardy in the main event of UFC Live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 14. Once that's over, he said, he can take another look at his potential political future.

"I'm not going to do much more with it for now. ...Right now I'm just looking into it, what people's thoughts are, and how much money I could raise. After this fight I'll take a step back and look and see exactly what the possibilities are. Luckily I have a few months for that. Right now I'm just focusing on this fight. You can not do this if you're thinking about other stuff."

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