(Mike Pyle sizes up Jay Hieron during a sparring session)
Mike “Quicksand” Pyle is ready. November 10th he goes into the cage with Jake Shields as a featured fight for Elite XC on Showtime. Mike has been working out like a maniac for this fight and is in the best shape of his career. Boxing coach Ron Frazier marveled at his improved punching power and accuracy earlier today.
We had a chance to sit down with Mike and ask him a couple questions after Pro Practice tonight. Here’s what he had to say:
There have been rumors about a fight between you and Jake Shields since mid summer. Is this a fight you’ve been looking forward to?
Yes. It’s a fight I’ve been looking forward to.
Does Jake being ranked in the Top 10 at 17olbs make this fight more appealing?
No, not at all. he’s just another person with 2 arms and 2 legs like me.
Does the attention Jake has been getting bother you?
Elite XC signed you to a 3 fight deal at the beginning of this year. This is your first fight on TV. Are you disappointed with the way Elite XC promoted you?
Exactly. I wanted to be promoted on TV and then have a title shot. Thats what I’ve been asking for. I wanted to get on a main card and showcase my skills then move on to a title shot. They didn’t want to work with me that way. So I chose not to extend my contract at this time.
Is this your last with w/ Elite XC?
It’s the last fight on contract. Resigning a contract is possible. They asked me if I wanted to do this as a title fight. I said no. Because this is the last fight on my contract and I didn’t want to resign with them right now. So I didn’t want to fight for the title. They offered the title fight 5 weeks out when I was training for 3 round fight.
Where do you see yourself going next?
That is unclear. There are plenty of options on the table, plenty of people to negotiate with. There are some organizations I’m leanig towards more than others. I want to go with who I think will promote me best.
(Mike takes Karo Parisyan’s back)
You and Jake are two of the best jiu jitsu guys in the world at 170lbs. Your Muay Thai is also top notch. Is that going to be the difference in this fight?
I think my striking is a bit sharper than his and he might possibly have an edge on me with the wrestling. I feel like I’m a physically stronger athlete and will be on fight night because of my preparation.
(Mike sparring with Jay Hieron)
Do you want to beat him because he’s one of Elite XC’s poster boys?
Beating him because he’s their poster boy isn’t a big deal to me. The more important thing for me is Jake’s history and that he’s a ranked fighter on these fight polls. He’s got a name that fans recognize. Beating him will be a good step for me.
Since your last fight in June there have been rumors you getting a fight several times, but nothing had been signed until September. Are you frustrated by being on the shelf for 5 months?
It didn’t really bother me. It gave me some time off. Some time to work on my game. I don’t suffer from ring rust because I’m always in training with top athelets. 5 months off is nothing for me. I can always come back just as strong if not better.
Team Couture has been on a tear recently. Winning 14 fights in a row. Is that something you take pride in, being part of a top MMA team?
I couldn’t be happier for the team’s success. There’s a lot of camaraderie here. We’re like a family. That’s what makes us so strong. We all come together and help each other win. That’s what I’m looking to continue when I get in there with Jake. I’m going to represent this team to the best of my ablities.
Anything you want to say to your fans?
To the Quicksand fans: you will get a show like you always do. Thanks for your support. Tune in Nov 10th on Showtime as I take on Jake Shields in Elite XC. Sit back and enjoy the show.
(Mike landing a kick on Wanderlei Silva)