UFC Quick Quote: Mike Pyle will be ranked in the top 10 by the end of 2014

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

But first, he must get past T.J. Waldburger next weekend in "Sin City."

"If the knockout comes, it'll come. I'm not going to force anything. I'm going to fight with T.J. no matter where it's at. He wants to get it to the ground. In order for that to happen, he's going to have to out-wrestle me and he's going to have to get me to the ground. I think that will be a big challenge for him. Over the years I've trained with a lot of great wrestlers and I've learned a lot of great things. If I don't want T.J. to take me down, I will make sure that he doesn't. If it stays on the feet, I believe I'll have the advantage there and we'll just see how that unfolds on the 22nd. The UFC has me ranked at 15. By this year, I will break into the top 10 and I will be a contender once again. I will -- guaranteed, 110 percent -- be in the top 10 this year."

Longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight veteran Mike Pyle has quietly amassed a 4-1 record over his last five fights with three of his four wins coming by way of brutal knockout. Unfortunately, "Quicksand" was on the receiving end of a sleeper last August, when Matt Brown stopped him in just 29 seconds and kept him from cracking the top 10 of his division. But that's only a temporary setback, as Pyle explains to Sherdog's Beatdown Radio Show, and the 38-year-old contender looks to get back into the win column against T.J. Waldburger at the UFC 170 pay-per-view (PPV) event later this month in Las Vegas, Nevada. But will an emphatic win over the struggling Texan allow Pyle to jump a few spots in line? Check out the latest UFC rankings here and then make your prediction in the comments section below.

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