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Australian veteran Kyle Noke quietly retires from MMA

Kyle Noke (22-10-1) the 14-year Australian veteran who coached Team Australia at the TUF Nations series, announced his retirement from mixed martial arts yesterday.

Noke recently lost a unanimous decision to Omari Akhmedov at Melbourne’s UFC Fight Night 101 Saturday night. Overall, the 36-year-old went 6-6-0 in the UFC and leaves the cage as Australia’s most successful MMA fighter.

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Initially, Noke was a security guard for the famed Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, before proceeding to push further into MMA after Irwin’s death.

Turning pro in 2002, Noke competed in organizations such as Spartan Reality Fight, Xtreme Fighting Championships, Warriors Realm, Cage Fighting Championship, Elite XC, and Top Combat Championship before catching on the UFC as a TUF 11 contestant.

Many current Australian fighters paid tribute to Noke on Twitter.

Perhaps the UFC will give Noke an ambassador role much like they did for Brazil’s Antonio Minotauro Nogueira.

It would be a befitting acknowledgement to an outstanding career.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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