|Born||18 March 1980|
Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia
|Residence||Mooloolaba, Queensland, Australia|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
Welterweight (2002–2006), (2012–present)
|Reach||76 in (190 cm)|
|Style||Boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, wrestling|
|Fighting out of||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States|
|Team||Jackson's Submission Fighting|
Integrated Martial Arts
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Kyle Noke (born 18 March 1980) is a retired Australian professional mixed martial artist who competed as a Welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2002, Noke has also fought for EliteXC.
- 1 Background
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Championships and achievements
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 See also
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Noke, originally from Dubbo, in New South Wales, competed in various sports growing up including rugby, and began training in mixed martial arts in 2002. Noke also worked in security; guarding "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, Noke serving as Irwin's bodyguard for three years during Irwin's heyday as host of the Australian-based nature show. Noke's job was eventually changed to train "The Crocodile Hunter" between filming sessions. Noke and another bodyguard worked with Irwin on boxing, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling. During his time with Irwin, Noke bounced between the U.S. and Australia as he continued to rack up professional victories; he found the tutelage of renowned trainer Greg Jackson. In September 2006 Noke got word that Irwin had died. He went back to security at the zoo where Irwin worked but soon afterward decided that he needed to go after his dream of being a mixed martial artist.
Mixed martial arts career
Noke made his professional MMA debut in November 2002. Over the next five years, Noke fought in his native Australia and amassed a record of 13–3–1. During this time, he split a pair of matches with fellow future UFC fighter George Sotiropoulos.
Noke made his United States MMA debut in November 2007 as he defeated Seth Kleinbeck via TKO due to cuts at EliteXC: Renegade. Noke returned to the promotion in February 2008, losing via KO to Scott Smith at EliteXC: Street Certified.
The Ultimate Fighter
Noke was a participant on the UFC reality show The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz in 2010. After winning his preliminary fight to enter the house, Kyle was chosen for the first fight against Team Ortiz member Clayton McKinney and won via triangle choke in the first round.
In the quarter-finals, Noke was selected to face rival team member and good friend Kris McCray. Although Noke was highly touted and favored to win, he eventually began to succumb to the multiple takedowns by McCray, which Noke had little answer to gaining position or escaping and lost the fight via unanimous decision after three rounds.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Noke made his UFC debut against TUF teammate Josh Bryant at The Ultimate Fighter 11 Finale. After putting in a dominant first round, Noke won via second round TKO.
Noke was expected to face Tom Lawlor on 14 August 2011 at UFC on Versus 5. Lawlor, however, pulled out of the bout due to an injury in early July 2011. Ed Herman replaced Lawlor on the card. After defending multiple submission attempts from Herman, Noke finally tapped to an inverted heelhook 4:15 in the first round. Noke was clearly in pain from the submission, and he needed help to walk out of the octagon.
Noke was expected to face Jared Hamman on 3 March 2012 at UFC on FX 2, but Hamman was forced to withdraw with an injury and replaced by Andrew Craig. After a dominant first round by Noke, Craig took control in the next two rounds and Noke lost the fight via unanimous decision.
On June 2013, it was announced that Noke would be coaching The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia, opposite Patrick Côté. The reality show features welterweights and Middleweights. The coaches faced each other on 16 April 2014 at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale. Noke lost the fight via unanimous decision.
Noke was expected to face Andreas Ståhl on 10 May 2015 at UFC Fight Night 65. However, on 2 April, it was announced that Ståhl pulled out of the fight due to undisclosed reasons and was replaced by promotional newcomer Jonavin Webb. Noke won the fight via split decision.
Noke faced Peter Sobotta on 15 November 2015 at UFC 193. He won the fight via TKO in the first round after dropping Sobotta with a body kick and following up with punches on the ground. The victory also produced a Performance of the Night award for Noke.
Noke was expected to face Kelvin Gastelum on 2 January 2016 at UFC 195. However 22 December, Gastelum was forced to pull out due to a wrist injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Alex Morono. Noke lost the bout via split decision.
Noke was expected to face Dominique Steele on 27 November 2016 at UFC Fight Night 101. However, Steele pulled out of the fight on 21 October and was replaced by Omari Akhmedov. Noke lost the fight via unanimous decision and subsequently announced his retirement shortly after.
Retirement and comeback
In October 2017, 10 months after his retirement announcement, Noke announced plans for an attempted comeback and step into the cage again. As of March 2019, Noke does not have timetable on a possible return.
Championships and achievements
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Xtreme Fighting Championships (Australia)
- XFC Middleweight Championship (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|33 matches||22 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||22–10–1||Omari Akhmedov||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Whittaker vs. Brunson||27 November 2016||3||5:00||Melbourne, Australia|
|Loss||22–9–1||Keita Nakamura||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: McDonald vs. Lineker||13 July 2016||2||4:59||Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States|
|Loss||22–8–1||Alex Morono||Decision (split)||UFC 195||2 January 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||22–7–1||Peter Sobotta||TKO (body kick and punches)||UFC 193||15 November 2015||1||2:01||Melbourne, Australia||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||21–7–1||Jonavin Webb||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt||10 May 2015||3||5:00||Adelaide, Australia|
|Loss||20–7–1||Patrick Côté||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale: Bisping vs. Kennedy||16 April 2014||3||5:00||Quebec City, Quebec, Canada|
|Win||20–6–1||Charlie Brenneman||TKO (punches)||UFC 152||22 September 2012||1||0:45||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Welterweight debut.|
|Loss||19–6–1||Andrew Craig||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann||3 March 2012||3||5:00||Sydney|
|Loss||19–5–1||Ed Herman||Submission (inverted heel hook)||UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle||14 August 2011||1||4:15||Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||19–4–1||Chris Camozzi||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 127||27 February 2011||1||1:35||Sydney||Submission of the Night.|
|Win||18–4–1||Rob Kimmons||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 122||13 November 2010||2||1:33||Oberhausen, Germany|
|Win||17–4–1||Josh Bryant||TKO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz Finale||19 June 2010||2||3:12||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||16–4–1||Kyacey Uscola||Decision (unanimous)||Top Combat Championship||26 September 2009||3||5:00||Hato Rey, Puerto Rico|
|Win||15–4–1||Yoann Gouaida||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Cage Fighting Championships 4||23 May 2008||1||1:43||Sydney, Australia|
|Loss||14–4–1||Scott Smith||KO (punch)||EliteXC: Street Certified||16 February 2008||2||0:07||Miami, Florida United States|
|Win||14–3–1||Seth Kleinbeck||TKO (doctor stoppage)||EliteXC: Renegade||10 November 2007||2||4:22||Corpus Christi, Texas, United States|
|Draw||13–3–1||Hector Lombard||Draw||Cage Fighting Championship 1||28 July 2007||3||5:00||Gold Coast, Australia|
|Win||13–3||Brian Ebersole||Decision (majority)||XFC 12: Oktoberfist||13 October 2006||5||5:00||Sydney||Won the XFC Middleweight Championship.|
|Win||12–3||Yusaku Tsukumo||Submission (triangle choke)||Warriors Realm 6||24 June 2006||1||1:14||Brisbane, Australia|
|Loss||11–3||George Sotiropoulos||Decision (unanimous)||Warriors Realm 5||25 February 2006||5||5:00||Geelong Australia|
|Win||11–2||Byron Donnelly||Decision (unanimous)||Warriors Realm 4||2 July 2005||2||5:00||Geelong, Australia|
|Win||10–2||George Sotiropoulos||Decision (split)||Warriors Realm 4||2 July 2005||2||5:00||Geelong, Australia|
|Win||9–2||Luke Pezutti||TKO (punches)||Warriors Realm 3||12 March 2005||1||5:00||Brisbane, Australia|
|Loss||8–2||Katsuya Inoue||Decision (split)||Warriors Realm 2||10 December 2004||3||5:00||Sunshine Coast, Australia|
|Win||8–1||Rhys Whitmore||Submission (triangle choke)||Warriors Realm 1||3 September 2004||1||0:38||Sunshine Coast, Australia|
|Win||7–1||Matt Te-Paa||Decision (split)||XFC 5: When Worlds Collide||13 August 2004||3||5:00||Southport, Australia|
|Win||6–1||Mike Sethna||Submission (kneebar)||Xtreme Fight Club 2||5 June 2004||3||1:58||Richlands, Australia|
|Win||5–1||Jimmy Raborn||Submission (rear-naked choke)||XFC 4: Australia vs. The World||19 March 2004||2||1:30||Southport, Australia|
|Loss||4–1||Noriyuki Hayakawa||Submission (armbar)||Xtreme Fighting Championships 3||14 November 2003||3||1:33||Southport, Australia|
|Win||4–0||Neil Swailes||TKO (punches)||Xtreme Fighting Championships 2||30 August 2003||2||2:24||Southport, Australia|
|Win||3–0||Adrian Bolton||TKO (punches)||Xtreme Fighting Championships 1||4 May 2003||1||2:34||Southport, Australia|
|Win||2–0||Ulf Strand||TKO (punches)||Spartan Reality Fight 6||5 April 2003||2||1:21||New South Wales, Australia|
|Win||1–0||Peter Robbie||Submission (punches)||Spartan Reality Fight 5||30 November 2002||1||2:25||New South Wales, Australia|
Mixed martial arts exhibition record
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||2 wins||1 loss|
|Loss||2–1||Kris McCray||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada||Quarter-finals|
|Win||2–0||Clayton McKinney||Submission (triangle choke)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz||1||2:44||Las Vegas, Nevada||Preliminary bout|
|Win||1–0||Warren Thompson||Decision (unanimous)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz||2||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada||Elimination bout|
- "Fight Card – TUF Nations Finale Bisping vs. Kennedy". UFC.com. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
- Brady, Cory (27 January 2010). "TUF 11 Exclusive: Kyle Noke joins The Ultimate Fighter Season 11". FiveOuncesOfPain.com. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
- "UFC 122 Play-by-Play: Kyle Noke vs. Rob Kimmons". MMA Weekly. 13 November 2010. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- "Kyle Noke Heads Home To Australia To Face Chris Camozzi at UFC 127". MMA Weekly. 29 November 2010.
- "With Maiquel Falcao cut, Tom Lawlor moved to UFC on Versus 5, meets Kyle Noke". mmajunkie.com. 2 June 2011.
- "Tom Lawlor Injured, Off UFC on Versus 5 Card, Ed Herman Now Faces Kyle Noke". bloodyelbow.com. 8 July 2011.
- "Andrew Craig replaces Jared Hamman, meets Kyle Noke at UFC on FX 2". 1 January 2012. Archived from the original on 13 March 2012.
- "Noke-Brenneman moved to UFC 152 in Toronto". mmajunkie.com. 23 August 2012. Archived from the original on 25 August 2012.
- "Kyle Noke meets Seth Baczynski at UFC on FX 6 in Australia". MMAjunkie.com. 11 October 2012.
- "Mike Pierce replaces Kyle Noke, meets Seth Baczynski at UFC on FX 6". mmajunkie.com. 31 October 2012.
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- Mike Sloan (15 November 2015). "UFC 193 Bonuses: Holly Holm nets extra $100,000; Ronda Rousey, Kyle Noke get $50K". sherdog.com. Retrieved 15 November 2015.
- "Kelvin Gastelum vs. Kyle Noke welterweight bout added to UFC 195". sherdog.com. 7 December 2015. Retrieved 7 December 2015.
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- Staff (21 April 2016). "Kyle Noke vs. Keita Nakamura slated for UFC Fight Night 91 in South Dakota". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
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- Jordan Breen (24 October 2016). "Dominique Steele out, Omari Akhmedov in versus Kyle Noke at UFC Fight Night in Melbourne". sherdog.com. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
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- Danny Segura (27 November 2016). "UFC welterweight Kyle Noke announces retirement from MMA". mmafighting.com.
- "UFC veteran Kyle Noke has 'that fire again,' announces return from retirement". MMAjunkie. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
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