Monday, November 10, 2008

Mike Pyle content to let others sing his praises

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In compiling a list of top welterweights not cashing checks from the UFC, Mike Pyle has to be one of the first few names on the page.

The 31-year-old native of Tennessee has steadily risen up the ranks and even earned a crack at a belt, losing to EliteXC champion Jake Shields a year ago by rear-naked choke.

Since that bitter first-round defeat to Shields, Pyle has reeled off four straight victories and has lived up to his "Quicksand" moniker in the process. He's submitted each of his four opponents inside of 10 minutes, including a first-frame sub of Brian Gassaway last month at A Night of Combat II in Las Vegas.

Gassaway gave props to his opponent, saying Pyle, who is often overlooked when discussing the division's top fighters, deserves more respect and possesses ground skills that are among the best at 170 pounds.

"That was a nice comment from Gassaway ... very gentleman-like," Pyle told (, "but I don't really care what people think. I'm just going to keep plugging away. I'm going to work my way up no matter what people think. I'm going to keep finishing people and end fights like I always do."

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