Veteran welterweight Chris Lytle has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled matchup against former WEC champ Carlos Condit, which was to take place at UFC Fight Night 19 on September 16 in Oklahoma City, after suffering a severe knee injury while training for the upcoming bout.
According to Lytle’s agent Ken Pavia, who spoke with MMAjunkie, Lytle suffered a torn meniscus and a “blown ACL” and a timetable for his return is not yet known.
The UFC, which has not yet announced Lytle’s withdrawal from the card, is seeking a replacement for the 170-pound fight to take on Condit on the UFN 19 main card.
Lytle (27-17-5), a runner-up on the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter, is just 5-5 since returning to the UFC by way of the reality show, with losses to Matt Serra, Matt Hughes, Thiago Alves, Josh Koscheck, and Marcus Davis, as well as victories over Jason Gilliam, Matt Brown, Kyle Bradley, Paul Taylor, and Kevin Burns. “Lights Out” was last in action in June, defeating Burns by unanimous decision.
Condit (23-5) won the WEC welterweight title with a win over John Alessio in early-2007 and went on to successfully defend the belt three times over Brock Larson, Carlo Prater, and Hiromitsu Miura before the division was cut from the promotion and its fighters were sent to the UFC. In his UFC debut, Condit suffered a narrow split decision loss to Martin Kampmann in the UFC Fight Night 18 main event in April.
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