Kyle Noke

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Kyle Noke
Kyle Noke.jpg
Born (1980-03-18) 18 March 1980 (age 38)
Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
Other namesKO
ResidenceMooloolaba, Queensland, Australia
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
DivisionMiddleweight (2006-2012)
Welterweight (2002-2006), (2012-present)
Reach76 in (190 cm)[1]
StyleBoxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Wrestling
Fighting out ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States
TeamJackson's Submission Fighting
Integrated Martial Arts
Years active2002-2016
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout8
By submission8
By decision6
By knockout1
By submission3
By decision6
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Kyle Noke (born 18 March 1980) is a retired Australian professional mixed martial artist who competed as a Welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2002, Noke has also fought for EliteXC.


Noke, originally from Dubbo, in New South Wales, competed in various sports growing up including rugby, and began training in mixed martial arts in 2002. Noke also worked in security; guarding "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin,[2] Noke serving as Irwin's bodyguard for three years during Irwin's heyday as host of the Australian-based nature show. Noke's job was eventually changed to train "The Crocodile Hunter" between filming sessions. Noke and another bodyguard worked with Irwin on boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling. During his time with Irwin, Noke bounced between the U.S. and Australia as he continued to rack up professional victories; he found the tutelage of renowned trainer Greg Jackson. In September 2006 Noke got word that Irwin had died. He went back to security at the zoo where Irwin worked but soon afterward decided that he needed to go after his dream of being a mixed martial artist.[3]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Noke made his professional MMA debut in November 2002. Over the next five years, Noke fought in his native Australia and amassed a record of 13-3-1. During this time, he split a pair of matches with fellow future UFC fighter George Sotiropoulos.


Noke made his United States MMA debut in November 2007 as he defeated Seth Kleinbeck via TKO due to cuts at EliteXC: Renegade. Noke returned to the promotion in February 2008, losing via KO to Scott Smith at EliteXC: Street Certified.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Noke was a participant on the UFC reality show The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz in 2010. After winning his preliminary fight to enter the house, Kyle was chosen for the first fight against Team Ortiz member Clayton McKinney and won via triangle choke in the first round.[4]

In the quarter-finals, Noke was selected to face rival team member and good friend Kris McCray. Although Noke was highly touted and favored to win, he eventually began to succumb to the multiple takedowns by McCray, which Noke had little answer to gaining position or escaping and lost the fight via unanimous decision after three rounds.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Noke made his UFC debut against TUF teammate Josh Bryant at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale. After putting in a dominant first round, Noke won via second round TKO.

Noke defeated Rob Kimmons on 13 November 2010 at UFC 122 at 1:33 in the second round via rear naked choke.[5]

Noke faced Chris Camozzi on 27 February 2011 at UFC 127.[6] Noke defeated Camozzi in the first round with a rear-naked choke. Noke was also awarded Submission of the Night bonus.

Noke was expected to face Tom Lawlor on 14 August 2011 at UFC on Versus 5.[7] Lawlor, however, pulled out of the bout due to an injury in early July 2011. Ed Herman replaced Lawlor on the card.[8] After defending multiple submission attempts from Herman, Noke finally tapped to an inverted heelhook 4:15 in the first round. Noke was clearly in pain from the submission, and he needed help to walk out of the octagon.

Noke was expected to face Jared Hamman on 3 March 2012 at UFC on FX 2, but Hamman was forced to withdraw with an injury and replaced by Andrew Craig.[9] After a dominant first round by Noke, Craig took control in the next two rounds and Noke lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Noke made his welterweight debut against Charlie Brenneman on 22 September at UFC 152.[10] Noke defeated Brenneman via TKO only 45 seconds into the first round.

Noke was expected to face Seth Baczynski on 15 December 2012 at UFC on FX 6.[11] However, Noke pulled out of the bout citing a shoulder injury and was replaced by Mike Pierce.[12]

On June 2013, it was announced that Noke would be coaching The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia, opposite Patrick Côté.[13][14][15] The reality show features welterweights and Middleweights.[16] The coaches faced each other on 16 April 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale.[17] Noke lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Noke was expected to face Yoshihiro Akiyama on 20 September 2014 at UFC Fight Night 52.[18] However, Noke was forced out of the bout with a knee injury.[19]

Noke was expected to face Andreas Ståhl on 10 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65.[20] However, on April 2, it was announced that Ståhl pulled out of the fight due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by promotional newcomer Jonavin Webb.[21] Noke won the fight via split decision.[22]

Noke faced Peter Sobotta on 15 November 2015 at UFC 193.[23] He won the fight via TKO in the first round after dropping Sobotta with a body kick and following up with punches on the ground.[24] The victory also produced a Performance of the Night award for Noke.[25]

Noke was expected to face Kelvin Gastelum on 2 January 2016 at UFC 195.[26] However 22 December, Gastelum was forced to pull out due to a wrist injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Alex Morono.[27] Noke lost the bout via split decision.[28]

Noke next faced Keita Nakamura on 13 July 2016 at UFC Fight Night 91.[29] He lost the fight via submission (rear-naked choke) in the final seconds of the second round.[30]

Noke was expected to face Dominique Steele on 27 November 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101.[31] However, Steele pulled out of the fight on 21 October and was replaced by Omari Akhmedov.[32] Noke lost the fight via unanimous decision and subsequently announced his retirement shortly after.[33][34]

Retirement and comeback[edit]

10 months after his retirement announcement, Noke announced plans for an attempted comeback and step into the cage again.[35][36]

Championships and achievements[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 22–10–1 Omari Akhmedov Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson 27 November 2016 3 5:00 Melbourne, Australia
Loss 22–9–1 Keita Nakamura Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker 13 July 2016 2 4:59 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
Loss 22–8–1 Alex Morono Decision (split) UFC 195 2 January 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 22–7–1 Peter Sobotta TKO (body kick and punches) UFC 193 15 November 2015 1 2:01 Melbourne, Australia Performance of the Night.
Win 21–7–1 Jonavin Webb Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt 10 May 2015 3 5:00 Adelaide, Australia
Loss 20–7–1 Patrick Côté Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy 16 April 2014 3 5:00 Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Win 20–6–1 Charlie Brenneman TKO (punches) UFC 152 22 September 2012 1 0:45 Toronto, Ontario, Canada Welterweight debut.
Loss 19–6–1 Andrew Craig Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann 3 March 2012 3 5:00 Sydney, Australia
Loss 19–5–1 Ed Herman Submission (inverted heel hook) UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle 14 August 2011 1 4:15 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 19–4–1 Chris Camozzi Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 127 27 February 2011 1 1:35 Sydney, Australia Submission of the Night.
Win 18–4–1 Rob Kimmons Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 122 13 November 2010 2 1:33 Oberhausen, Germany
Win 17–4–1 Josh Bryant TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale 19 June 2010 2 3:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 16–4–1 Kyacey Uscola Decision (unanimous) Top Combat Championship 26 September 2009 3 5:00 Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Win 15–4–1 Yoann Gouaida Submission (rear-naked choke) Cage Fighting Championships 4 23 May 2008 1 1:43 Sydney, Australia
Loss 14–4–1 Scott Smith KO (punch) EliteXC: Street Certified 16 February 2008 2 0:07 Miami, Florida United States
Win 14–3–1 Seth Kleinbeck TKO (doctor stoppage) EliteXC: Renegade 10 November 2007 2 4:22 Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Draw 13–3–1 Hector Lombard Draw Cage Fighting Championship 1 28 July 2007 3 5:00 Gold Coast, Australia
Win 13–3 Brian Ebersole Decision (majority) XFC 12: Oktoberfist 13 October 2006 5 5:00 Sydney, Australia Won the XFC Middleweight Championship.
Win 12–3 Yusaku Tsukumo Submission (triangle choke) Warriors Realm 6 24 June 2006 1 1:14 Brisbane, Australia
Loss 11–3 George Sotiropoulos Decision (unanimous) Warriors Realm 5 25 February 2006 5 5:00 Geelong Australia
Win 11–2 Byron Donnelly Decision (unanimous) Warriors Realm 4 2 July 2005 2 5:00 Geelong, Australia
Win 10–2 George Sotiropoulos Decision (split) Warriors Realm 4 2 July 2005 2 5:00 Geelong, Australia
Win 9–2 Luke Pezutti TKO (punches) Warriors Realm 3 12 March 2005 1 5:00 Brisbane, Australia
Loss 8–2 Katsuya Inoue Decision (split) Warriors Realm 2 10 December 2004 3 5:00 Sunshine Coast, Australia
Win 8–1 Rhys Whitmore Submission (triangle choke) Warriors Realm 1 3 September 2004 1 0:38 Sunshine Coast, Australia
Win 7–1 Matt Te-Paa Decision (split) XFC 5: When Worlds Collide 13 August 2004 3 5:00 Southport, Australia
Win 6–1 Mike Sethna Submission (kneebar) Xtreme Fight Club 2 5 June 2004 3 1:58 Richlands, Australia
Win 5–1 Jimmy Raborn Submission (rear-naked choke) XFC 4: Australia vs. The World 19 March 2004 2 1:30 Southport, Australia
Loss 4–1 Noriyuki Hayakawa Submission (armbar) Xtreme Fighting Championships 3 14 November 2003 3 1:33 Southport, Australia
Win 4–0 Neil Swailes TKO (punches) Xtreme Fighting Championships 2 30 August 2003 2 2:24 Southport, Australia
Win 3–0 Adrian Bolton TKO (punches) Xtreme Fighting Championships 1 4 May 2003 1 2:34 Southport, Australia
Win 2–0 Ulf Strand TKO (punches) Spartan Reality Fight 6 5 April 2003 2 1:21 New South Wales, Australia
Win 1–0 Peter Robbie Submission (punches) Spartan Reality Fight 5 30 November 2002 1 2:25 New South Wales, Australia


Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2–1 Kris McCray Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada Quarter-finals
Win 2–0 Clayton McKinney Submission (triangle choke) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz 1 2:44 Las Vegas, Nevada Preliminary bout
Win 1–0 Warren Thompson Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada Elimination bout

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - TUF Nations Finale Bisping vs. Kennedy". Retrieved April 17, 2014.
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  4. ^ Brady, Cory (27 January 2010). "TUF 11 Exclusive: Kyle Noke joins The Ultimate Fighter Season 11". Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  5. ^ "UFC 122 Play-by-Play: Kyle Noke vs. Rob Kimmons". 13 November 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
  6. ^ "Kyle Noke Heads Home To Australia To Face Chris Camozzi At UFC 127". 29 November 2010.
  7. ^ "With Maiquel Falcao cut, Tom Lawlor moved to UFC on Versus 5, meets Kyle Noke". 2 June 2011.
  8. ^ "Tom Lawlor Injured, Off UFC on Versus 5 Card, Ed Herman Now Faces Kyle Noke". 8 July 2011.
  9. ^ "Andrew Craig replaces Jared Hamman, meets Kyle Noke at UFC on FX 2". 1 January 2012. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Noke-Brenneman moved to UFC 152 in Toronto". 23 August 2012. Archived from the original on 25 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Kyle Noke meets Seth Baczynski at UFC on FX 6 in Australia". 11 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Mike Pierce replaces Kyle Noke, meets Seth Baczynski at UFC on FX 6". 31 October 2012.
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  15. ^ Erickson, Matt (21 December 2012). "Bobby Voelker moves over from Strikeforce, meets Patrick Cote at UFC 158". Archived from the original on 23 December 2012.
  16. ^ "Cast Revealed For Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada Vs. Australia". 5 December 2012.
  17. ^ "UFC Headed To Quebec City For April 16 Event". 10 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  18. ^ C.J. Tuttle (2014-07-09). "Yoshihiro Akiyama Returns to the Octagon on Sept. 20". Retrieved 2014-07-09.
  19. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2014-08-07). "Kyle Noke Injures Knee, Pulls Out of Sept. 20 UFC Fight Night Bout vs. Akiyama". Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  20. ^ Staff (2015-03-03). "Kyle Noke gets home fight, meets Andreas Stahl at UFC Fight Night 65". Retrieved 2015-03-03.
  21. ^ Jason Floyd (2015-04-02). "Jonavin Webb signs with the UFC, replaces Andreas Stahl at UFC Fight Night 65 against Kyle Noke". Retrieved 2015-04-02.
  22. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2015-05-10). "UFC Fight Night 65 results: Kyle Noke gets split-decision win over Jonavin Webb".
  23. ^ Emma Shallands (20 August 2015). "Etihad Stadium official for UFC 193, a host of Australian fighters announced for lineup". Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  24. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-11-14). "UFC 193 results: Thundering Kyle Noke front kick TKO blasts Peter Sobotta into agony". Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  25. ^ Mike Sloan (2015-11-15). "UFC 193 Bonuses: Holly Holm nets extra $100,000; Ronda Rousey, Kyle Noke get $50K". Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  26. ^ Staff (2015-12-07). "Kelvin Gastelum vs. Kyle Noke welterweight bout added to UFC 195". Retrieved 2015-12-07.
  27. ^ Danny Segura (2015-12-22). "Injured Kelvin Gastelum out of UFC 195". Retrieved 2015-12-22.
  28. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-01-02). "UFC 195 results: Alex Morono upsets 4-1 favorite Kyle Noke on 11 days' notice". Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  29. ^ Staff (2016-04-21). "Kyle Noke vs. Keita Nakamura slated for UFC Fight Night 91 in South Dakota". Retrieved 2016-04-21.
  30. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-07-13). "UFC Fight Night 91 results: Keita Nakamura taps out Kyle Noke with one second left in Round 2". Retrieved 2016-07-13.
  31. ^ Staff (2016-10-06). "Kyle Noke vs. Dominique Steele targeted for UFC Fight Night 101". Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  32. ^ Jordan Breen (2016-10-24). "Dominique Steele out, Omari Akhmedov in versus Kyle Noke at UFC Fight Night in Melbourne". Retrieved 2016-10-24.
  33. ^ Staff (November 26, 2016). "UFC Fight Night 101 results: Omari Akhmedov uses strong ground game to top Kyle Noke by decision".
  34. ^ Danny Segura (November 27, 2016). "UFC welterweight Kyle Noke announces retirement from MMA".
  35. ^ "UFC veteran Kyle Noke has 'that fire again,' announces return from retirement". MMAjunkie. 2017-09-30. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  36. ^ "Kyle Noke, 12-Fight UFC Veteran, Begins Road Back from Retirement". MMA News. 2017-10-01. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
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