LONDON ENGLAND - OCTOBER 16: John Hathaway of Great Britain is held by Mike Pyle of the United States during their UFC welterweight bout at the O2 Arena on October 16 2010 in London England. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
David St. Martin of SB Nation caught up with Mike Pyle to follow up on his pre-UFC 120 interview with "Quicksand." Of course, the conversation centered on Pyle's domination of top UK prospect John Hathaway:
When you're twisted up and getting pounded? That's just the worst. It breaks people. I knew I had a long time to sit there and beat on him. If he were to slip out I would have gone for the submission, but I had him. There was no reason. I didn't want to let go. I really wanted to make a statement and beat on him. I wanted him to remember that fight.
I never believed any of the hype whatsoever. The whole time the kid was coming up I could see holes in his game. I could see his inexperience. I've got an eye for this sport when it comes to preparing gameplans and I've helped a lot of people in a lot of big fights. Now it's time to help myself out in these bigger fights. I just knew that this matchup would be the perfect scenario for me to just go in and dominate. I wasn't surprised at all. I knew about the kid in my heart and that was the only thing I was focused on.
He just couldn't get anything going. I shook him in the first round with a good right hand that seemed to get him off track. My style is just hard to deal with. It's not exactly unorthodox but it's something you just can't bring a sparring partner in for. I just tried not to get hit. I don't like to stand toe to toe and trade, coming out looking like a zombie afterwards. I don't like to bleed in my fights. I just wanted to stay elusive and unpredictable. Make myself hard to find in there. I wanted to make sure he never took me down, which he didn't. I took myself down once. He reversed me after I tried a lateral throw. I put my own self on my ass.
I just knew I was the better wrestler. I've been doing it a lot longer. I knew bringing my experience to the game was going to overwhelm him. A lot of people haven't been able to see my wrestling because it hasn't ever really been a part of my gameplan in my other fights. For this fight my wrestling was a big part of the plan. I train with some of the best in the game, guys like Gray Maynard. Getting that takedown off the third attempt after the other two is where it really counts.