The only redeeming aspect of Mike Kyle’s continued employment in the higher ranks of the MMA world is that he keeps getting booked against tough SOBs who beat the shit out of him. Rafael Cavalcante and Gegard Mousasi both put a stamp on him over the past year, and now he’s set to face off against the consistently violent Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson:
Two of the hardest-hitting fighters on the WSOF roster are lined up to lock horns in a few months thanks to a match-up between light heavyweights Anthony Johnson and Mike Kyle. Though not officially announced, Johnson himself confirmed the clash with Kyle would take place on September 14 in Atlantic City at WSOF 5.
“Rumble” revealed the bout’s existence in a recent conversation with MMA Interviews.
Johnson is coming off a decision win over Andrei Arlovski in a heavyweight tilt. The victory was his fifth straight and improved his overall record to 15-4. Ten of his wins have featured a strike-based stoppage including three of those notched during his current run.
Why all the hate for Kyle? The guy has a long and sordid history of being a ‘bad boy’ in past fights. I dunno about that designation – it softens what he did the same way the word ‘molestation’ softens the child rape commited by priests around the world. Kyle bit Wes Sims on the chest in his UFC debut and eye gouged Tsuyoshi Kosaka so badly the fight had to be stopped.
And then there was the incident where Kyle kicked downed opponent Brian Olsen in the face during a 2006 bout before following up with a barrage of strikes as multiple referees attempted to restrain him. Olsen needed steel plates attached to his skull. His career was basically over. Yet Kyle? He’s still here.
While it’s been years since his last outburst, I’m not one for second chances when it comes to this kind of behavior in the cage. Legally beating the shit out of other humans is a special privilege allowed to fighters. They in turn are expected to follow the rules and regulations that are in place to keep things as safe as possible. Kyle proved he didn’t give a shit about rules or the safety of his opponents, and to me that’s worth a lifetime ban.
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