Mike Pyle Ready for Almeida at UFC 128

By Duane Finley

In ever-changing world of mixed martial arts few fighters are as comfortable in the chaos as Mike Pyle. The Tennessee native has spent his entire career gravitating towards the action and his “anytime, anywhere” mentality has placed Pyle across from some of the world’s best fighters. From facing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and a 30 lbs. difference in his professional debut to being the only man to ever tap Jon Fitch, “Quicksand” has proven to be versatile and dangerous. The former WEC champion is also the in-house jiu-jitsu practitioner at Xtreme Couture, where he can be found hemming up some of MMA’s best on a daily basis.

In his most recent outing at UFC 120, Pyle faced rising British star John Hathaway. The young Brit had just demolished Diego Sanchez going into the matchup and defeating Pyle was supposed to further bolster his resume. Pyle had other plans and for the entire three rounds, “Quicksand” worked over the welterweight prospect in route to a lopsided decision victory. The UFC wasted no time issuing his next challenge in the form of Renzo Gracie protégé Ricardo Almeida and the two are set to collide at UFC 128 in Almeida’s backyard of Newark, New Jersey. I caught up with Mike Pyle as he prepares to mix it up with Almeida and in his Bloody Elbow Exclusive interview he talked about coming into his own in the UFC and playing the role of spoiler in at UFC 120.

“I knew what they were doing,” Pyle began. “I’ve been in this business a long time. I know exactly what their thoughts were and hopefully they thought I had a chance to win the fight. I knew they wanted to push and build this cat from England…so be it and that’s what it’s all about but I spoiled it for them I’m sure. I wasn’t going to be a stepping stone for anybody and I never will be for that matter. I just look forward to moving ahead with the UFC and keep kicking ass.”

 

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