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Mike Pyle: “I’ll Never Leave MMA”

The veteran Mike Pyle had a banner year in 2012, closing out things out by remaining undefeated in December at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.”Quicksand” took victories over James head, Josh Neer, and Ricardo Funch in those 12 months, he also made several changes to his life outside of the cage. 

Chief amongst those changes was leaving Xtreme Couture for Syndicate MMA. “There’s no bad blood, no animosity, I just wanted a change.” The mullet master remained careful as to burn no bridges, brining Martin Kampmann and Jay Hieron over from his former team for his training camps, helping them out with theirs. “We’re all tight, we’re all good friends. Sometimes we need to work with one another, sometimes at Xtreme, sometimes here (Syndicate),” he said.

Pyle has also taken on some acting, most recently appearing in Men In Black 3 and accepting roles in other projects in development. Fear not, however, the surging veteran will not “go Hollywood” and lose his focus. “I’ll never leave MMA,” Pyle said, “I’ve been doing this for years and I’ll always be involved. The martial arts will always be part of my life,” he continued. “When my time is up in MMA, I will pursue acting, but I will never leave it.”


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