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Mike Kyle Looking to Upset Anthony Johnson at WSOF 8
Posted by Larry Csonka on 01.15.2014

- Mike Kyle recently spoke with mmajunkie.com about Saturday;'s fight with Anthony Johnson. Here are the highlights…

On Winning and Getting Paid: "I want to make what my opponents make. Why should I be (headlining) cards if I can't make the same amount of money my opponent's making? I hope that comes back around to me."

On Getting Away From His Slugger's Reputation: "I like to have some skills to put behind (the slugger reputation), and people know I have some skill from all the years I've done it," Kyle said. "I just want to make it a point to go out there and put on a great show and make it an exciting fight. Hopefully all the fans out there know that when Mike Kyle gets in the ring, it's going to be a great fight. Hopefully the guys at World Series of Fighting, when it comes contract time, (see that) I'm ready to make some bigger money – if I have to fight Tyrone Spong or whoever I have to fight to get paid."

On How The Fight Will Go: "I really don't have a choice but to be some kind of slugfest," Kyle said. "But I know we're going to hit the ground some, most likely. They all say they want to stand, but once they see my footwork and see that I'm just having fun with them, they realize they want to take me to the ground quick."

On Working on His Ground Game: "I'm constantly working on my ground game, (but) I've yet to get out there and show a complete game yet," he said. "This is an opponent that I might be looking for the takedown and putting him on his back, making him uncomfortable, create a scramble, get to a choke. I've been working on some of those positions a lot in practice, and I get to those positions a lot – especially with my weight being down the way it is. I'm moving really quick right now."


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