UFC 195: Kyle Noke is Out to Prove He’s a “Contender” With Setbacks Behind Him
By FCF Staff
After scoring consecutive wins and putting a series of injuries behind him, Kyle Noke is looking to make a run at 170 as his bout with Alex Morono approaches.
Noke is scheduled to take on Morono at UFC 195 on Saturday night, after his original opponent, Kelvin Gastelum, withdrew due ton injury.
The Australian fighter is looking to build on victories over Peter Sobotta and Jonavin Webb, after he was decisioned by Patrick Cote in 2014. That fight, however, followed an 18 month period were Noke did not compete.
Recently the 35 year-old spoke to UFC.com about his recent wins, and his previous setbacks, and noted this:
“It’s about getting the confidence back and feeling great again,” Noke said. “All the injuries that kept me out of the cage were difficult to deal with, but I stayed the course and kept working hard. I didn’t want to just come back and fight; I wanted to come back and prove that I can be a contender. I honestly feel great about everything right now.
“I feel like I’m in a new rhythm. Like I said, the injuries just wreaked havoc on me. They weren’t hitting once a year or once every couple of years, they were coming one right after the next. I would train hard in between and the moment I felt good enough I would go out and get a fight. It wasn’t the right approach and I think my performances suffered because of it. But now that my body is feeling 100 percent and I’m rattling off these fights straight away, I feel great and now I just need to go out there and get the win.”
Noke heads into the bout armed with a record of 22-7-1. Morono, meanwhile, was the Legacy FC champ before he was called to replace Gastelum. The 25 year-old has a record of 11-3.
UFC 195 will be hosted by Las Vegas, Nevada.