The run of light heavyweight Mike Kyle has apparently come to anend. Though the 32-year old slugger still has the skill to continue competing it appears he no longer possesses the fire needed to succeed in MMA at a high level. Kyle’s moment of clarity apparently came shortly after his loss to Gegard Mousasi last night at Strikeforce: Marquardt vs. Saffiedine.
Kyle was tapped out with a little less than a minute remaining the the rumble’s opening round. The fight was his first since being knocked out last May in a bout ultimately ruled a No Contest due opponent Rafael Cavalcante getting popped for PED use.
“Mike Kyle just walked by me seconds after losing to Gegard Mousasi and said, ‘It’s not in me anymore. That was my last one.’,” wrote UFC reporter Ariel Helwani on his Twitter account.
The 19-9-2 Kyle leaves MMA with fifteen finishes under his belt in addition to past wins over Cavalcante and James Irvin. Twelve of his victories involved a strike-based stoppage.
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