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Mike Pyle

Mike "Quicksand" Pyle

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  • Given Name: Michael Wayne Pyle
  • MMA Record: 27-13-1 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Quicksand
  • Current Streak: 2 Losses
  • Age: 41 | Date of Birth: 1975.09.18
  • Last Fight: December 30, 2016 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Welterweight | Last Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Xtreme Couture
  • Height: 6'0" (183cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $851,000 USD
  • Born: Dresden, Tennessee, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Mike Pyle MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
3:34 Round 1 of 3

Do Alex Garcia
27-12-1 13-3-0

Us UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2016.12.30
Odds: +165 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $55,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
UFC 207 Performance of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:17 Round 2 of 3, 6:17 Total

Br Alberto Mina
27-11-1 12-0-0

Us UFC Fight Night 90: Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2016.07.07
Odds: -120 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $55,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
4:25 Round 3 of 3, 14:25 Total

Us Sean Spencer
26-11-1 12-4-0

Us UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs. Thompson
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2016.02.06
Odds: +115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $156,000 ($53K Base, $53K Bonus, $50K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
#16 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2016
UFC Fight Night 82 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Colby Covington
26-10-1 7-0-0

Us UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.05.23
Odds: +265 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $51,000 Base | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Sean Spencer UFC 187 2015.05.23
Reason: Spencer Injury
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:12 Round 1 of 3

Ca Jordan Mein
26-9-1 28-9-0

Us UFC Fight Night 49: Henderson vs. dos Anjos
Co-Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.08.23
Odds: +225 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $51,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.8 lbs (77.5 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
UFC Fight Night 49 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Demian Maia UFC UFN 49 2014.08.23
Reason: Maia Staph Infection
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:03 Round 3 of 3, 14:03 Total

Us TJ Waldburger
25-9-1 16-8-0

Us UFC 170: Rousey vs. McMann
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.02.22
Odds: -185 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $96,000 ($48K Base, $48K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:29 Round 1 of 3

Us Matt Brown
25-8-1 17-11-0

Us UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.08.17
Odds: +115 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $45,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Kevin MacDonald
#41 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2013
UFC Fight Night 26 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Gunnar Nelson UFC 160 2013.05.25
Reason: Nelson Injury
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Rick Story
24-8-1 15-6-0

Us UFC 160: Velasquez vs. Silva 2
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.05.25
Odds: +130 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $84,000 ($42K Base, $42K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:55 Round 1 of 3

Us James Head
23-8-1 9-2-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.12.15
Odds: -145 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $78,000 ($39K Base, $39K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
4:56 Round 1 of 3

Us Josh Neer
22-8-1 33-10-1

Us UFC on FX 3: Johnson vs. McCall
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.06.08
Odds: -200 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 KO/Night | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Chris Adams
#39 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
UFC on FX 3 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Paulo Thiago UFC 142 2012.01.14
Reason: Thiago Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:22 Round 1 of 3

Br Ricardo Funch
21-8-1 8-2-0

Br UFC 142: Aldo vs. Mendes
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.01.14
Odds: -550 (Heavy Favorite) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#35 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
3:54 Round 1 of 3

Ca Rory MacDonald
21-7-1 11-1-0

Us UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.08.06
Odds: +230 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 170.8 lbs (77.5 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Mulhall
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Ricardo Almeida
20-7-1 13-4-0

Us UFC 128: Shogun vs Jones
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2011.03.19
Odds: +130 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Kevin MacDonald
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Gb John Hathaway
19-7-1 14-0-0

Gb UFC 120: Bisping vs. Akiyama
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.10.16
Odds: +400 (Heavy Underdog) Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts | Walkout Music: Bruce Springsteen - Born In the U.S.A.
Win | Submission | Choke
4:44 Round 3 of 3, 14:44 Total

Us Jesse Lennox
18-7-1 15-2-0

Ca UFC 115: Liddell vs Franklin
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.06.12
Odds: +105 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $38,000 ($19K Base, $19K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Kevin Dornan | Walkout Music: Fort Minor - Remember the Name
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
0:22 Round 2 of 3, 5:22 Total

Us Jake Ellenberger
18-6-1 21-5-0

Us UFC 108: Evans vs Silva
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2010.01.02
Odds: +118 (Near Even) | Disclosed Pay: $17,000 Base | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne | Walkout Music: Fort Minor - Remember the Name
Win | Submission | Choke
2:15 Round 3 of 3, 12:15 Total

Us Chris Wilson
17-6-1 16-6-0

Us UFC Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.09.16
Odds: -130 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Loss | Submission | Choke
3:06 Round 1 of 3

Us Brock Larson
17-5-1 28-2-0

Us UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2009.05.23
Odds: +325 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $15,000 Base | Weigh-In: 172.0 lbs (78.0 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 98 Submission of the Night
Win | Submission | Armlock

Us Brian Gassaway

Us Nevada Regional

2008.10.11
Win | Submission | Choke
2:51 Round 1 of 3

Us JJ Ambrose
15-5-1 10-2-0

Us Affliction 1: Banned
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.07.19
Odds: -382 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($15K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | Submission | Choke
4:52 Round 1 of 3

Us Dan Hornbuckle
14-5-1 15-1-0

Jp Sengoku 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 77 kg

2008.05.18
Odds: -371 (Moderate Favorite) | Referee: Samio Kimura
Win | Submission | Shoulder

Hr Damir Mirenic

Ca Alberta Regional

2008.02.01
Loss | Submission | Choke
3:39 Round 1 of 3

Us Jake Shields
13-4-1 19-4-1

Us EliteXC: Renegade
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2007.11.10
Odds: +301 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Kerry Hatley
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Aaron Wetherspoon
12-4-1 6-1-0

Us Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Baroni
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2007.06.22
Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 168.5 lbs (76.4 kgs)
Win | Submission | Choke
1:55 Round 1 of 3

Us Ross Ebanez
11-4-1 14-4-0

Us EliteXC: Destiny
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2007.02.10
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:02 Round 2 of 3, 5:02 Total

Us Matt Horwich
11-3-1 18-8-1

Us IFL 5: World Championship Semifinals
Main Card

2006.11.02
Win | Submission | Choke
0:17 Round 1 of 3

Us John Cole
10-3-1 3-5-0

Us IFL 3: Portland
Main Card

2006.09.09
Loss | KO/TKO | Punch
0:44 Round 1 of 3

Us Rory Markham
10-2-1 8-2-0

Us IFL 1: Legends Championship 2006
Main Card

2006.04.29
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Br Gustavo Machado

Us Ohio Regional

2006.03.03
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Shonie Carter

Us WEC

2006.01.13
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Bret Bergmark

Us WEC

2005.10.14
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Tony Sanza

Us SportFight

2005.09.16
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Damian Hatch

Us SportFight

2005.05.28
Win | Submission | Choke

Lt Petras Markevicius

Dk Denmark Regional

2004.05.02
Win | Submission | Punches

De Patrick Suhl

Dk Denmark Regional

2004.05.02
Win | Submission | Choke

Nl Arschak Dahabagian

Dk Denmark Regional

2004.02.01
Loss | Submission | Choke

Lt Valdas Pocevicius

Lt Shooto Europe

2003.11.14
Draw

Ru Andrei Semenov

Ru M-1 Global

2003.04.06
Win | Submission | Choke

Nl Daan Kooiman

Dk Denmark Regional

2003.02.15
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Jon Fitch

Us Nevada Regional

2002.07.13
Loss | Decision | Unanimous

Us Quinton Jackson

Us International Sport Combat Federation

1999.11.13

Mike Pyle Wiki Update Wiki

Mike Pyle is an American welterweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He is a brown belt in Brazilain Jiu Jitsu and trains out of Syndicate MMA in Las Vegas, Nevada. Outside of fighting, Pyle has had small roles in Universal Soldier and Men In Black III. He has previously fought for M-1, Shooto, Sport Fight, Viking Fight, International Fight League, EliteXC, Strikeforce, Affliction, and World Extreme Cagefighting where he was the welterweight champion. He has notable wins over Jon FitchShonie Carter, Dan Hornbuckle, JJ Ambrose, Brian Gassaway, John Hathaway, Ricardo Almeida, Ricardo Funch, Josh Neer, James Head, and Rick Story. Of his twenty six wins, twenty two have been finishes including sixteen submissions. He has won the UFC "Knockout of the Night" bonus one time.

Quicksand is probably the most apt nickname that could have been bestowed upon UFC veteran Mike Pyle, as his submission skills, while not exceptionally slick or unorthodox, always seem to get the job done. His lengthy frame allows him to wrap up physically stronger fighters from the bottom position. Rumored from within the Xtreme Couture gym to be among the top fighters in the club, Pyle had long been unable to achieve any sort of break out success within the UFC, alternating wins and losses against mid-level competition. That all changed at UFC 120 when Pyle thoroughly outworked and defeated the then 14-0 undefeated John Hathaway. With the impressive and dynamic victory, Pyle delivered a rebuttal to the critics and oddsmakers who had put him as a +400 underdog coming into the contest. 


Mike first became interested in MMA in the nineties when he first heard about the success that Royce Gracie had had in the early UFC. He had already been training in Tae Kwon Do for some time but he also started to go to as many Gracie family seminars as he could and set up a makeshift gym in a thirteen by fifteen foot shed. His first professional fight was in 1999 against future UFC and Pride champion, Quinton Jackson. Even though Jackson weighed 200 pounds for the bout which was scheduled at 175 pounds, Pyle fought him anyways. During the fight, he attempted numerous submission attempts but the larger Jackson repeatedly slammed him and at one point, he threw Mike out of the ring. Ultimately, he would lose a unanimous decision.

He did not fight again for two years, but for his second fight, Pyle took on future UFC star, Jon Fitch, and was able to submit him in the first round. Over the next three years, he was able to compile a 7-2-1 record. At WEC 17, he was given a shot at the vacant welterweight title. He was able to defeat Bret Bergmark by first round submission to win the belt. He would defend it one time, against Shonie Carter at WEC 28, and he would again win by first round decision. He would be stripped of the title after he left the WEC in order to fight for other promotions. In April, 2006, he debuted with the IFL riding an eight fight winning streak. He would be part Bas Rutten's Los Angeles Anaconda's in the IFL's team format. He would go 1-2 with the promotion over eight months. 

In 2007, Mike would be take on Ross Ebanez on the preliminary card in EliteXC's debut event, EliteXC: Destiny. He would submit Ebanez in the first round. Following a one fight stint with Strikeforce where he picked up a unanimous decision win, he wold return to EliteXC for their third show where he would lose by submission to Jake Shields. After winning fights in Canada and Japan, he would take part in the inaugural event for Affliction where he would submit JJ Ambrose in the first round. Three months later, he would pick up another first round submission, marking the sixth victory of his last seven that had ended in a submission win for Mike.


In 2009, Pyle was picked up by the UFC. He made his debut against Brock Larson at UFC 98, but would lose by armbar in the first round. He would bonce back four months later with a submission of Chris Wilson, but he would be finished by TKO at the hands of Jake Ellenberger in early 2010. He would again bounce back with a submission, this time over Jesse Lennox at UFC 115. He was next matched up with highly touted, 14-0 John Hathaway. Despite being a four to one underdog going in, Pyle was able to grind out a decision victory over the Englishman in his home country. He was again able to come through as an underdog when he defeated Ricardo Almeida by decision in what ended up being Almeida's last fight. At UFC 133, he was matched up with rising star, Rory MacDonald, but he would lose by TKO in the first round.

After a mediocre 4-3 start to his UFC career, Mike began to string together more wins. He was originally scheduled to take on Paulo Thiago at UFC 142, but an injury forced his opponent off the card and he was replaced by Ricardo Funch who he was able to finish by TKO in less than a minute and a half. He would pick up a "Knockout of the Night" bonus when he defeated Josh Neer at UFC on FX 3. Another TKO victory over James Head at the TUF 16 Finale marked the first time in his career that he had won three straight fights by T/KO. At UFC 160, he took on Rick Story and would yet again win a decision when he was considered the underdog. This improved his overall UFC record to 8-3. He met Matt Brown at UFC Fight Night 26 in a highly anticipated fight that many thought would be a knock down, drag out brawl. Unfortunately for Pyle, he was knocked out in just twenty nine seconds by the surging Brown. He would take six months to again return to the octagon. He fought TJ Waldburger at UFC 170. Pyle was able to continually stuff his opponents takedowns and out strike him. With less than a minute left in the fight, he was able to drop Waldburger and finish him on the ground to pick up a TKO victory.

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