Mike Pyle knows that he has to take advantage of every opportunity presented to him by the UFC.
Pyle will face Jordan Mein Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 49 after an injury knocked Demian Maia out. Despite the change in opponents, Pyle is only concerned with stepping inside the Octagon and showcasing his skills.
“I was already training for a fight,” said Pyle, during an interview on UFC Tonight. “The bottom line was I was going to be in a fight Saturday night regardless of who it was.”
The 38-year-old rebounded from a 2013 loss to Matt Brown by finishing TJ Waldburger earlier this year. He is 5-1 in his last six overall and 8-2 over his past 10 fights with the only other defeat coming to top contender Rory MacDonald.
Despite closing in on 40, Pyle still believes he is improving with each fight.
“You always learn by your mistakes. I’m always trying to improve and better myself,” he said. “The people surrounding me, my coaches and teammates, have things to say and I listen. I absorb everything I can. I’m always working on flaws and trying to put it together on fight night.”