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By beating the brakes off James Head at last weekend's TUF 16 finale, Mike Pyle has now won three straight fights inside the Octagon. Who does he have to thank for his newfound success? His trusty "boo-boo lip."
"I'd already made a decision that I needed to seek some other coaches. That was after the Rory fight. So when I came back, a friend of mine has a home in northern California on a river, so I was out there just chilling one day, with my big boo-boo lip because of the loss, and I was like, ‘That's it, I've got to make a change. I'm going back, I'm going to talk to a couple coaches I know. I'm going to change everything. I'm going to see if that works, and if it doesn't, I quit.' I just needed a change, man. I'll be honest with you. It was the same thing over and over and over. A lot of the same training, a lot of the same routine, and I just knew I wasn't reaching my full potential. And I'm no spring chicken so I've got to get things done, man. I've got to do the necessary things to make me better."
Longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Mike Pyle talks to MMA Hour about the adjustments he made in camp following a lopsided loss to Rory MacDonald back in August 2011. Since parting ways with Xtreme Couture, "Quicksand" has gone on a three-fight tear while securing three violent finishes in the process. Most recently, the 37-year-old welterweight put the screws to James Head at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 finale in Las Vegas and made a strong argument for his place among the top 10 170-pound fighters. The only way to prove it, however, is by beating one and taking their place. So who do you, as a UFC fan, want to see him challenge next?