Mike Kyle in 2009, at the weigh-in before the Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg event.
March 31, 1980 |
Boise, Idaho, United States
|Residence||San Jose, California|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||218.5 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)|
|Division||Light Heavyweight (205 lb)
Heavyweight (265 lb)
|Reach||76 in (193 cm)|
|Fighting out of||San Jose, California|
|Team||American Kickboxing Academy|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Mike Kyle (born March 31, 1980) is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the World Series of Fighting's Heavyweight division. He has also competed in the UFC, the WEC, Strikeforce, Pancrase, King of the Cage, and the IFC. He is the former King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Champion.
Kyle is from Boise, Idaho. He attended Nampa High School and was very good friends with the late Justin Eilers, who Kyle would actually end up fighting in his second fight for the UFC. Eilers and a friend who were both two grades ahead of Kyle, taught him jiu-jitsu techniques when he was a sophomore in high school. Kyle was also a talented football player, playing fullback for Butte College in Chico, California and Eastern Oregon University. During his early mixed martial arts career he split time between fighting and playing football. He was invited to a spring camp for the San Francisco 49ers, but ultimately decided to focus on mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Kyle made his professional debut on March 10, 2001 when he was 18 years old and won by TKO only 90 seconds into the fight. He then won his next two fights, also by punches before debuting in the King of the Cage promotion. Kyle made his King of the Cage debut in a fight for the King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Championship against then King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Champion Dan Bobish. Kyle, who then weighed 275 lbs. was outweighed by Bobish, who was 55 lbs. bigger than Kyle. Kyle was handed his first career loss after he submitted due to punches. In his next KOTC bout, Kyle made his Heavyweight debut against future King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion Paul Buentello. Kyle lost after he was knocked out from punches. After losing to Buentello, the San Jose-based American Kickboxing Academy invited Kyle to train. He accepted and has been training with AKA ever since.
In his next fight, Kyle made his debut in the WEC, and snapped his two-fight losing streak with a knockout win. The 4-2 Kyle then made his IFC debut and again won by strikes as his opponent tapped out due to punches. Kyle then won his next two fights, the later being his second fight for the WEC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Kyle made his UFC debut against Wes Sims winning via KO at 4:59 of round 1. Sims took the fight on less than a weeks notice after Kyle's original opponent got injured. Kyle dominated the entire first round and knocked Sims out at 4:59. Sims protested after the fight that Kyle had bitten him on the chest. During the post fight interview, a bite mark could clearly be seen on Sims' left pectoral muscle. This marks the first time a bite has ever happened in a UFC fight since its UFC 1 in 1993, when Gerard Gordeau bit Royce Gracie in the championship match. Kyle still denies any wrongdoing.
Kyle then fought the late Justin Eilers in a Heavyweight bout. This was a significant match up as Eilers was a friend of Kyle's who had actually introduced Kyle to the sport of mixed martial arts. Kyle lost the fight when he was knocked out from a punch 74 seconds into the first round.
After leaving the UFC, Kyle had planned to fight in the Pride Fighting Championships in Japan. However, the plan fell through and in his next bout he fought in Japan's Pancrase where he defeated Japanese legend Tsuyoshi Kohsaka after executing a flying knee as Kohsaka went in for a takedown. Kyle won the fight via (Technical) Decision in round 3 after ringside doctors ruled Kohsaka unable to continue. Kyle had cut down from 245 lbs. to 230 lbs. for the fight. He then fought against Devin Cole at WEC 18, and lost by TKO. This was Kyle's first defeat in the WEC.
He then signed with Strikeforce, making his debut against Krzysztof Soszynski in a Heavyweight bout at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie. The fight was declared a technical draw after Soszynski was accidentally poked in the eye by Kyle. Kyle then fought Brian Olsen for the WEC Heavyweight Championship and was disqualified after he hit Olsen with illegal strikes, for which he was placed on the national suspension list, and given an 18-month ban. After throwing Olsen over his shoulder, Kyle hit Olsen, who was on his knees and therefore a grounded opponent, with a soccer kick and then repeatedly hit him with strikes.
The 9-6-1 Kyle then fought at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le against former All-American wrestler Wayne Cole in a Heavyweight bout and lost after he was submitted from an armbar. Kyle then returned to the IFC and won his bout via knockout, and followed this up with another win, this time via unanimous decision, his first career decision win. Kyle then returned to Strikeforce to fight Rafael Calvacante in a Light Heavyweight bout at Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields. Kyle picked up one of the biggest victories of his career, winning by knockout against the future Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion. This was also significant because it was Calvacante's first decisive loss, as his only other defeat was by disqualification against fellow Brazilian Marcio Cruz.
After his huge win over Calvacante, Kyle fought against Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Fabricio Werdum in a Heavyweight bout at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg in San Jose, California. He lost the bout via guillotine choke submission.
He then fought Jeremy Freitag at Xtreme MMA Australia 1 winning via TKO due to knees in the round three.
Kyle next signed with King of the Cage and fought against Travis Wiuff in a Heavyweight, initially winning by TKO (doctor stoppage) in the second round. However, it was changed to a no contest decision after it was determined Kyle hit Wiuff after the bell.
In his second fight with King of the Cage he fought Jon Murphy and won via TKO at 4:53 of round two. He then fought Tony Lopez for the King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Title and won via split decision after a 5 round battle, becoming the King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Champion.
Kyle fought against Steve Oliver at Xtreme MMA Australia 3 Kyle won via TKO due to punches in round one, winning the XMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.
Kyle stepped in on late notice to fight Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II on December 4 in St. Louis, Missouri in a Heavyweight bout. Kyle knocked Silva down with a powerful right hand and delivered many shots on the ground but was unable to finish. Silva defeated Kyle via second round TKO. Kyle later revealed that he broke his hand during the fight.
Kyle was again scheduled to fight Mousasi at Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs. Kharitonov but Mousasi withdrew for unknown reasons and was replaced by Strikeforce newcomer Marcos Rogerio de Lima. Kyle won by unanimous decision, picking apart the younger fighter with boxing techniques.
Kyle was expected to face Gegard Mousasi at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, but withdrew from the fight due to injury. He next faced Rafael Cavalcante in a rematch at Strikeforce 40 in what would be a title eliminator match for the vacant Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship. Kyle lost the fight via guillotine choke in the first round. After the fight, Cavalcante tested positive for a banned substance and, as a result, the CSAC declared the fight a "no contest".
Kyle then had a rematch with Travis Wiuff and won via knockout only 21 seconds into the fight. Kyle landed a lead counter-left hook that rocked the back of Wiuff's head who seemed to be unconscious, Kyle then landed a hammerfist before telling the referee that Wiuff was "out" but the fight had not been called until Kyle landed another punch to the downed Wiuff. Kyle was very upset after the fight with the referee, yelling that he should have stopped the fight sooner.
World Series of Fighting
Kyle was to face former UFC veteran Anthony Johnson on September 14, 2013 at WSOF 5. However, Johnson was forced out of the bout due to injury and Kyle faced former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski at the event. Although he knocked Arlovski down with right hands in the first and third round, he lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Kyle is engaged to be married to Stephanie Serna, who he has a daughter with. Kyle also has two sons from a previous marriage. In his free time, Kyle enjoys fishing to relax. He is a Christian.
Championships and accomplishments
- Xtreme MMA Australia
- XMMA Light Heavyweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||20 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||20-10-1 (2)||Andrei Arlovski||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 5||September 14, 2013||3||5:00||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||20-9-1 (2)||Travis Wiuff||KO (punch)||CFA 11: Kyle vs. Wiuff 2||May 24, 2013||1||0:21||Coral Gables, Florida, United States||Heavyweight bout.|
|Loss||19-9-1 (2)||Gegard Mousasi||Submission (rear naked choke)||Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine||January 12, 2013||1||4:09||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States|
|NC||19-8-1 (2)||Rafael Cavalcante||NC (banned substance)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier||May 19, 2012||1||0:33||San Jose, California, United States||Original submission loss; overturned by CSAC after Cavalcante tested positive for a banned substance.|
|Win||19-8-1 (1)||Marcos Rogerio de Lima||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov||September 10, 2011||3||5:00||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States||Light Heavyweight bout.|
|Loss||18-8-1 (1)||Antonio Silva||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II||December 4, 2010||2||2:49||St. Louis, Missouri, United States||Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||18-7-1 (1)||Steve Oliver||TKO (punches)||Xtreme MMA Australia 3||November 5, 2010||1||N/A||Sydney, Australia||Won XMMA Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||17-7-1 (1)||Abongo Humphrey||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Strikeforce Challengers 9||July 23, 2010||2||3:28||Everett, Washington, United States|
|Win||16-7-1 (1)||Tony Lopez||Decision (split)||KOTC: Honor||May 14, 2010||5||5:00||New Mexico, United States||Won KOTC Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||15-7-1 (1)||Jon Murphy||KO (punches and elbows)||KOTC: Legacy||March 26, 2010||2||4:53||Nevada, United States|
|NC||14-7-1 (1)||Travis Wiuff||NC (punch after the bell)||KOTC: Vengeance||February 12, 2010||2||5:00||New Mexico, United States||Original TKO win; decision overturned; Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||14-7-1||Jeremy Freitag||TKO (punches)||Xtreme MMA Australia 1||December 20, 2009||3||4:51||Sydney, Australia|
|Loss||13-7-1||Fabricio Werdum||Submission (guillotine choke)||Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg||August 15, 2009||1||1:24||San Jose, California, United States||Heavyweight bout.|
|Win||13-6-1||Rafael Cavalcante||KO (punches)||Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields||June 6, 2009||2||4:05||St Louis, Missouri United States||Light Heavyweight debut.|
|Win||12-6-1||Mychal Clark||Decision (unanimous)||JG/TKT Promotions: Fighting 4 Kidz||August 30, 2008||3||5:00||California, United States|
|Win||11-6-1||Rudy Martin||KO (punches)||IFC: Caged Combat||April 26, 2008||1||0:41||Idaho, United States|
|Loss||10-6-1||Wayne Cole||Submission (armbar)||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Le||March 29, 2008||1||0:45||San Jose, California, United States|
|Loss||10-5-1||Brian Olsen||DQ (illegal strikes)||WEC 20||May 5, 2006||1||3:45||California, United States||DQ loss for illegal fouls (Soccer kicks and strikes after bell); For WEC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Draw||10-4-1||Krzysztof Soszynski||Technical Draw||Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie||March 10, 2006||1||2:02||California, United States||Accidental thumb in Soszynski's eye;|
|Loss||10-4||Devin Cole||TKO (punches)||WEC 18||January 13, 2006||2||2:56||California, United States|
|Win||10-3||Tsuyoshi Kohsaka||Technical Decision (unanimous)||Pancrase: Spiral 8||October 2, 2005||3||1:17||Yokohama, Japan||Kyle was awarded the technical decision after ringside doctors ruled Kohsaka unable to continue.|
|Win||9-3||James Irvin||KO (punch)||UFC 51||February 5, 2005||1||1:55||Nevada, United States|
|Loss||8-3||Justin Eilers||KO (punch)||UFC 49||August 21, 2004||1||1:14||Nevada, United States|
|Win||8-2||Wes Sims||KO (punch)||UFC 47||April 2, 2004||1||4:59||Nevada, United States|
|Win||7-2||Jude Hargett||KO (punches)||WEC 9||January 16, 2004||1||4:09||California, United States|
|Win||6-2||Dan Chase||KO (injury)||King of the Rockies||January 3, 2004||1||0:12||Colorado, United States|
|Win||5-2||Jason Reed||Submission (punches)||IFC: Battleground Boise||October 25, 2003||1||1:52||Idaho, United States|
|Win||4-2||Jerry Vrbanovic||KO (punches)||WEC 8||October 17, 2003||1||0:12||California, United States|
|Loss||3-2||Paul Buentello||KO (punches)||KOTC 18 - Sudden Impact||November 1, 2002||2||1:24||Nevada, United States||Heavyweight bout.|
|Loss||3-1||Dan Bobish||Submission (punches)||KOTC 13 - Revolution||May 17, 2002||1||3:25||Nevada, United States||For KOTC Super Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||3-0||Nate Russak||Submission (punches)||Gladiator Challenge 9||February 10, 2002||1||2:39||California, United States|
|Win||2-0||Kauai Kupihea||KO (punches)||Night of the Knockout 2||June 9, 2001||2||N/A||Idaho, United States|
|Win||1-0||Andrew Boyle||TKO (punches)||Night of the Knockout 1||March 10, 2001||1||1:30||Idaho, United States|
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- "ShoMMA 9: Rosario vs Mahe Results". Retrieved 14 August 2010.
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- "Despite loss, Mike Kyle still in thick of Strikeforce light-heavyweight title picture". Retrieved 5 December 2010.
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- "Strikeforce results: Mike Kyle to retire from MMA following defeat to Gegard Mousasi". mmamania.com. 2013-01-13.
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- "Anthony Johnson talks about fighting Mike Kyle at WSOF 5". mmacore.com. June 17, 2013.
- "Andrei Arlovski Replaces Injured Anthony Johnson, Faces Mike Kyle at WSOF 5". sherdog.com. August 9, 2013.
- "World Series of Fighting Canada Launches With December 7 Event in Vancouver". TopMMANews.com. October 2, 2013.