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Mike Kyle (born March 31, 1980) is an American professional mixed martial artist and boxer currently competing in the Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 2001, Kyle has competed for the UFC, the WEC, Strikeforce, the World Series of Fighting, Absolute Championship Berkut, Pancrase, King of the Cage, and is the former King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Champion.

Mike Kyle
Mike Kyle.jpg
Mike Kyle in 2009, at the weigh-in before the Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg event
BornMichael Kyle
(1980-03-31) March 31, 1980 (age 39)
Boise, Idaho, United States
Other namesMAK
ResidenceSan Jose, California, United States
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight241.4 lb (109 kg; 17 st 3 lb)
DivisionSuper Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach77.0 in (196 cm)
Fighting out ofSan Jose, California, United States
TeamAmerican Kickboxing Academy
Years active2001–present
Professional boxing record
By knockout1
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout17
By submission2
By decision4
By knockout8
By submission5
By decision4
By disqualification1
No contests2
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


Kyle is from Boise, Idaho. He attended Nampa High School and was 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 Brazilian jiu-jitsu techniques when he was a sophomore in high school. Kyle was also a talented football player, playing fullback for Butte College in Oroville, 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.[1]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Kyle held an undefeated amateur record of 3–0 before turning professional. 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. Despite rocking Bobish early in the fight and almost pulling off the upset, 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.[1]

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 fought in the IFC and again won by strikes as his opponent tapped out due to punches. Kyle then also won his next two fights, which included another win under the WEC banner.[1]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Kyle made his UFC debut against Wes Sims winning via KO at 4:59 of round one. Sims took the fight a days notice notice after Kyle's original opponent filled into the main event after Tim Sylvia failed a drug test. 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.[2] 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 inception at 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.[1]

He then fought former WEC Heavyweight Champion James Irvin at UFC 51 winning via knockout in the first round. Despite this relatively notable win in the UFC, Kyle requested his release in from the UFC to compete in Japan.


Kyle then left the UFC and 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. Kyle won the fight via (technical) decision in round three 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: Unfinished Business, and lost by TKO. This was Kyle's first defeat in the WEC.[1]


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, continuing to hit Olsen even after fight referee Josh Rosenthal had physically tried to separate them, and did not stop until referee Herb Dean ran into the cage to assist Rosenthal.[3]

The 10–5–1 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 Cavalcante 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 Marcio Cruz.[1]

After his huge win over Calvacante, Kyle fought against Fabrício Werdum in a Heavyweight bout at Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg in San Jose, California. He lost the bout via guillotine choke submission.[1]

He then fought Jeremy Freitag at Xtreme MMA Australia 1 winning via TKO due to knees in the third round.

King of the CageEdit

Kyle next signed with King of the Cage and fought against Travis Wiuff in a Heavyweight bout, 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 Kyle 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 Championship and won via split decision after a five-round battle, becoming the King of the Cage Light Heavyweight Champion.

Return to StrikeforceEdit

Kyle fought against Abongo Humphrey at Strikeforce Challengers: del Rosario vs. Mahe. Kyle won via submission in the second round.[4]

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 Antônio "Bigfoot" Silva at Strikeforce: Henderson vs. Babalu II on December 4 in St. Louis, Missouri in a Heavyweight bout.[5] 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.[6]

Kyle was set to face Gegard Mousasi at Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley, but had to withdraw due to a broken hand. Former UFC veteran Keith Jardine stepped in on short notice as his replacement.

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 Rogério 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.[7] After the fight, Cavalcante tested positive for a banned substance and, as a result, the CSAC declared the fight a "no contest".

Kyle finally faced Mousasi at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine on January 12, 2013.[8] He lost via submission in the first round. Kyle said that he would retire following the loss.[9]

Independent PromotionsEdit

He has since stated that he will not retire and he was scheduled to fight veteran Valentijn Overeem in May but Overeem was forced out due to injury.[10]

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 visibly upset after the fight with the referee, feeling that the stoppage was late.[1]

Kyle was expected to face Maxim Grishin at Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 17 on September 30, 2014.[11] However, Kyle pulled out of the bout due to injury, he was replaced with Trevor Prangley.

Kyle faced Evgeny Erokhin on December 20, 2014, at FEFoMP: Russia's MMA Supercup.[12] He lost the fight via KO in the second round.

World Series of FightingEdit

Kyle was to face former UFC veteran Anthony Johnson on September 14, 2013, at WSOF 5.[13] However, Johnson was forced out of the bout due to injury and Kyle faced former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski at the event.[14] Although he knocked Arlovski down with right hands in the first and third round, he lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Mike Kyle vs. Anthony Johnson was scheduled for December 7, 2013, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada but was later canceled because Kyle was forced off the fight because of a broken toe.[15]

Kyle eventually faced Anthony Johnson at WSOF 8.[16] Kyle lost via KO in the first round.

Absolute Championship BerkutEdit

Kyle faced Denis Goltsov on March 26, 2016, at ACB 32. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Kyle faced Dan Charles on January 13, 2017, at ACB 51.[17] He won the fight via TKO in the first round.

A rematch with Evgeny Erokhin was expected to take place on July 23, 2017, at ACB 65.[18] However, the bout did not go ahead as planned.

Professional boxingEdit

Kyle made his professional boxing debut on January 17, 2003, as a heavyweight, losing via unanimous decision.

Kyle returned to the boxing ring in 2016, winning via knockout for his first professional win. Kyle would go 0-2-1 before ending the year, however, most recently losing a unanimous decision to undefeated fighter Darmani Rock.

Kyle is next scheduled to face 3-0 Roberto Salas on March 23, 2019.

Personal lifeEdit

Kyle is married and has one daughter with his current wife, as well as two sons from a previous marriage.[19] He is of partial Irish descent.

Championships and accomplishmentsEdit

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
44 matches 23 wins 18 losses
By knockout 17 8
By submission 2 5
By decision 4 4
By disqualification 0 1
Draws 1
No contests 2
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 23–18–1 (2) Viktor Pešta Submission (rear-naked choke) OKTAGON 13 July 27, 2019 1 1:59 Prague, Czech Republic Catchweight (212 lbs) bout.
Loss 23–17–1 (2) Mo De'Reese TKO (submission to punches) PFL 8 October 5, 2018 1 2:38 New Orleans, Louisiana, United States 2018 PFL Heavyweight Playoffs Alternate bout.
Loss 23–16–1 (2) Caio Alencar Decision (unanimous) PFL 7 August 30, 2018 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 23–15–1 (2) Daniel Gallemore TKO (knees) PFL: Fight Night November 2, 2017 1 1:01 Washington, D.C., United States
Loss 22–15–1 (2) Josh Copeland Decision (unanimous) PFL: Everett July 29, 2017 3 5:00 Everett, Washington, United States
Win 22–14–1 (2) Dan Charles TKO (punches) ACB 51: Silva vs. Torgeson January 13, 2017 1 2:15 Irvine, California, United States
Loss 21–14–1 (2) Denis Goltsov Technical Submission (triangle choke) ACB 32: The Battle of Lions March 26, 2016 1 2:18 Moscow, Russia
Loss 21–13–1 (2) Clifford Starks Decision (unanimous) WSOF 22 August 1, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
Win 21–12–1 (2) Baga Agaev Submission (guillotine choke) Abu Dhabi Warriors 2 March 26, 2015 1 1:55 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Loss 20–12–1 (2) Evgeny Erokhin KO (punches) FEFoMP: Russia's MMA Supercup December 20, 2014 2 2:59 Khabarovsk, Russia Return to Heavyweight.
Loss 20–11–1 (2) Anthony Johnson KO (punch) WSOF 8 January 18, 2014 1 2:03 Hollywood, Florida, United States Light Heavyweight bout.
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 Return to Heavyweight.
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 Rogério de Lima Decision (unanimous) Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov September 10, 2011 3 5:00 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Loss 18–8–1 (1) Antônio 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: del Rosario vs. Mahe 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 Mescalero, 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 Reno, Nevada, United States
NC 14–7–1 (1) Travis Wiuff NC (punch after the bell) KOTC: Vengeance February 12, 2010 2 5:00 Mescalero, New Mexico, United States Original TKO win; decision overturned.
Win 14–7–1 Jeremy Freitag TKO (punches) Xtreme MMA Australia 1 December 20, 2009 3 4:51 Sydney, Australia
Loss 13–7–1 Fabrício Werdum Submission (guillotine choke) Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg August 15, 2009 1 1:24 San Jose, California, United States Return to Heavyweight.
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 Santa Monica, California, United States
Win 11–6–1 Rudy Martin KO (punches) IFC: Caged Combat April 26, 2008 1 0:41 Nampa, 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 Lemoore, 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 San Jose, California, United States Accidental poke in Soszynski's eye.
Loss 10–4 Devin Cole TKO (punches) WEC 18: Unfinished Business January 13, 2006 2 2:56 Lemoore, 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 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–3 Justin Eilers KO (punch) UFC 49 August 21, 2004 1 1:14 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–2 Wes Sims KO (punch) UFC 47 April 2, 2004 1 4:59 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–2 Jude Hargett KO (punches) WEC 9 January 16, 2004 1 4:09 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 6–2 Dan Chase KO (injury) King of the Rockies January 3, 2004 1 0:12 Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Win 5–2 Jason Reed Submission (punches) IFC: Battleground Boise October 25, 2003 1 1:52 Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 4–2 Jerry Vrbanovic KO (punches) WEC 8 October 17, 2003 1 0:12 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 3–2 Paul Buentello KO (punches) KOTC 18 November 1, 2002 2 1:24 Reno, Nevada, United States
Loss 3–1 Dan Bobish Submission (punches) KOTC 13 May 17, 2002 1 3:25 Reno, Nevada, United States For KOTC Super Heavyweight Championship.
Win 3–0 Nate Russak Submission (punches) Gladiator Challenge 9 February 10, 2002 1 2:39 San Jacinto, California, United States
Win 2–0 Kauai Kupihea KO (punches) Night of the Knockout 2 June 9, 2001 2 N/A Boise, Idaho, United States
Win 1–0 Andrew Boyle TKO (punches) Night of the Knockout 1 March 10, 2001 1 1:30 Boise, Idaho, United States

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "411MANIA". 411 Fighter Profile 04.04.11: Mike Kyle. Archived from the original on October 19, 2013.
  2. ^ "Hawaii Martial Arts News & Rumors – Dedicated to Hawaii-Specific Martial Arts News & Rumors". Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Mike Kyle on national suspension list for kicking a downed fighter". Retrieved August 14, 2010.
  4. ^ "ShoMMA 9: Rosario vs Mahe Results". Archived from the original on July 28, 2010. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
  5. ^ "Mike Kyle Tapped to Face Antonio Silva for Strikeforce". MMA Weekly. November 29, 2010.
  6. ^ "Despite loss, Mike Kyle still in thick of Strikeforce light-heavyweight title picture". Archived from the original on December 8, 2010. Retrieved December 5, 2010.
  7. ^ Geno Mrosko. "Strikeforce 'Barnett vs Cormier' results: Rafael Cavalcante submits Mike Kyle in 33 seconds".
  8. ^ "STRIKEFORCE® MARQUARDT VS. SAFFIEDINE". November 30, 2012.
  9. ^ "Strikeforce results: Mike Kyle to retire from MMA following defeat to Gegard Mousasi". January 13, 2013.
  10. ^ "Valentijn Overeem injured Travis Wiuff Faces Mike Kyle in New CFA 11 Main Event". MMA Weekly. May 11, 2013.
  11. ^ "Fight Nights: Battle of Moscow 17".
  12. ^ "FEFoMP – Russia's MMA Supercup".
  13. ^ "Anthony Johnson talks about fighting Mike Kyle at WSOF 5". June 17, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Andrei Arlovski Replaces Injured Anthony Johnson, Faces Mike Kyle at WSOF 5". August 9, 2013.
  15. ^ "World Series of Fighting Canada Launches With December 7 Event in Vancouver". October 2, 2013.
  16. ^ Staff (December 3, 2013). "WSOF 8 slated for Jan. 18 with Gaethje-Cavalcante title fight, Johnson-Kyle, Bollinger-Nam". Retrieved December 3, 2013.
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