After returning from a knee injury, not many people gave Australian Kyle Noke a chance against “The Spaniard” Charlie Brenneman at UFC 152 in Toronto, but someone forgot to tell Noke that. He destroyed his foe inside the first minute.
Noke was in danger of being cut from the UFC roster – coming into the fight with two straight losses to Andrew Craig and Ed Herman – but the 42-day delay after his fight at UFC 151 was cancelled made no difference as the Australian ripped through Brenneman.
The fight also marked a step down in weight for Noke, who has fought at middleweight in the past, but he brought his size down to welterweight for this one. That didn’t affect his power, however, as a flush left jab had Brenneman crawling on his knees before follow-up punches had referee Dan Miragliotta rushing in to end the fight.
“The cut was easy,” Noke said post-fight. “I wasn’t cutting to make middleweight. I had just gotten comfortable at 185 (pounds).”
Noke had trained with UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in the lead-up to the fight, and he credited the champion’s high work ethic as a means for striving towards his goals.
“Whatever Jon does in training, I do, too,” Noke said in the lead up to UFC 152.
“It’s been great because, even though he’s champion, even with everything he’s already achieved, the guy just doesn’t stop working. It’s been intense.”
(Photo by Peter McDermott)
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