Australia’s own Kyle Noke has announced that he’s decided to return to fighting, just 10 months after announcing that he was hanging up his gloves.
The 37-year-old had initially called time on his career after suffering a three-fight losing streak in 2016 against Alex Morono, Keita Nakamura and Omari Akhmedov in the Octagon.
However, it seems that the in the months since the 22-10-1 veteran has come to the conclusion that he still has the urge to continue fighting.
“My last few fights I lost that fire, I was just in there because I didn’t know anything else……,” Noke wrote on Instagram. “Now that I’ve had time to rest and heal, time away from the grueling training sessions and constant grind, I miss it now more than ever. I will fight again. I have that fire again.”
Noke initially broke into the UFC via The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 and would go on to compile a 6-6 record in the Octagon, while he’s also known for having been the late Steve ‘The Crocodile Hunter’ Irwin’s former security guard – a job that also saw him help train the TV star in mixed martial art.
At this stage it’s not clear whether Noke’s comeback means he will return to the UFC, or if he will be competing for another organization.