(Mike Pyle and Coach Ron Frazier work the mits)
Mike Pyle is in Corpus Christi, Texas ready to take on Jake Shields in the co-Main Event of the Elite XC card on Showtime. Mike had an incredible training camp, looks sharp and is ready to make his name known.
If you’re unfamiliar with Quicksand Pyle, he’s well versed in Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. Mike taught himself how to fight as a teenager in Tennesse. He put mats in his mom’s shed and taught himself jiu jitsu while beating up his buddies (who he bribed with beer) and watching tapes. He is a consummate competitor who never backs down from a challenge. He fought Quinton Jackson at the beginning of his career in a fight many people feel could have been judged his way, he took on Andrei Semenov in Russia, beat Jon Fitch and Shonie Carter, held the WEC Welterweight Title and competed in the IFL at 185lbs a weight class above his fighting weight.
If he and Jake Shields had been promoted better, this fight could be headlining one of the biggest Pay Per Views of the year. On paper it has FIGHT OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE written on it in big, bold letters. Maybe in a way, it works out for fans that they get to see it for free Saturday. Both Mike and Jake are class acts and great fighters. Jake may have an advantage in jiu jitsu (but not by much), Mike has the advantage standing and may have an edge in wrestling. Expect a tremendous bout when they step in the cage with lots of takedowns, submission attempts, reversals and scrambles. Basically expect it to look like a Tyson Griffin fight.
Elite XC airs this Saturday at 10pm ET/PT.