Given that he’s fighting UK prospect John Hathway in his own backyard at UFC 120, American welterweight Mike Pyle was always going to be in for a less than welcoming reception at the O2 Arena in London, but based on his recent comments he’s going to be in for a particularly torrid time.
“I can’t wait for them to boo me. I’m going to suck it all up and spit it right back out at all them crooked-teethed Englishmen,” Pyle boldly stated on MMAJunkie radio last Thursday.
His opponent has been making waves recently with a dominant win over Diego Sanchez in his last visit to the octagon, but Pyle apparently isn’t impressed.
“This kid’s going to be in for hell. I ain’t Diego Sanchez. [Hathaway’s] last fight was a good and easy fight. This time, he’s in for the fight of his life.”
Bold claims, especially since Pyle is currently just 2-2 in the UFC, while Hathaway has gone 4-0 and remains unbeaten in his fourteen fight pro-career.
Pyle is the more experienced fighter though, with his trip to London marking his 30th professional fight, and he is brimming with confidence ahead with over a month of hard training still to go before the two meet in the octagon.
“I will beat the [expletive] out of John Hathaway,” he declares emphatically.
It’s not clear whether he really believes all this trash-talk, or if he’s just channeling his inner Chael Sonnen here to help hype up his first appearance on the main card of a UFC event.
Either way he’s now angered an entire nation, lit a fire under one of the divisions top prospects and disrespected Diego Sanchez all in the space of one interview.
We’ll find out whether he’s bitten off more than he can chew when the two fighters meet in the cage on the 16th of October.