Aussie welterweight Kyle Noke to make MMA comeback

Former UFC fighter, Kyle Noke looks ready to return to the sport of MMA.

The 37 year-old announced via social media that he “will fight again”, just 10 months after officially retiring.

Following his defeat to Omari Arkhmedov, at UFC fight night 101, the welterweight veteran felt he wasn’t as fast, or competitive as he used to be (video).

However, after nearly a year away from training camps and competition, Noke appears to of had a change of heart.

On an Instagram post the Aussie wrote “My last few fights I lost that fire, I was just in there because I didn’t know anything else… Now that I’ve had time to rest and heal, time away from the grueling training sessions and constant grind, I miss it now more than ever. I will fight again. I have that fire again.”

Noke (22-10-1) was last victorious in November 2015 with a TKO finish of Peter Sobotta. He would then go on to fight three times in 2016, suffering three consecutive losses.

Since retiring, the former Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia coach, has spent his time teaching and training at his Sunshine Coast based gym, Noke Martial Arts, in Queensland, Australia.

No time frame or date has been given for Noke’s official return, and it is not clear to which organisation he would make his comeback fight.

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