by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
“I want it known that I want Feijao, and if he’s a real champion, he’ll want to avenge his loss.”
These are the words of Mike Kyle, whom after watching Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante claim the Strikeforce light heavyweight title from Muhammad “King Mo” Lawal earlier this month, feels he should be next in line for a title fight after having defeated Feijao little more than one year ago.
“I believe it makes me the number one contender, and I hope Strikeforce feels the same,” Kyle told MMAWeekly.com. “I have a lot of fans that have been calling me, telling me, texting me and telling me that the (next title) fight should be mine.”
It’s hard to argue that Kyle hasn’t earned his right to challenge for the title.
Currently riding a three-fight winning streak, he has rebuilt himself into a legitimate contender after years of struggling with personal and professional miscues.
Having watched Feijao defeat Lawal, Kyle is confident as ever he could take the title if he is given the opportunity.
“It was a good show to watch, an exciting fight. I was a little disappointed that Mo didn’t put on a better fight,” stated Kyle. “The inexperience of both fighters showed, and that’s where I believe I will beat Feijao, because I have more experience than him.
“Feijao worked a lot on his cardio, I think, but I wasn’t super impressed. At the end of the second round he was really down, and whatever his corner said to him to get his head back on straight, he came back out and finished the fight, but he showed a big weakness in his game. I saw him quit in the same way he quit against me.”
So far, Kyle is unaware of Strikeforce’s plans for him, but no matter what they line up, he wants a fight that intrigues him if he does not get an immediate title match.
“They haven’t guaranteed me a fight yet,” he said. “There’s been other talk with Roger Gracie, and other names at 205 have gotten thrown out there. I’d like to say no and just wait for my shot at the title, but there are five or six fighters out there that I’d really want to fight before my career is over.
“If those opportunities jump on board, I’ll do it, but if it’s just taking an average fight; being the number one contender; I don’t want that fight. I want to fight Feijao, Fedor (Emelianenko), King Mo, (Gegard) Mousasi – however it works out.”
Still, there’s no denying that a title shot is first and foremost in Kyle’s mind.
“That’s the first thing (I’d want to do) right away, would be go out and avenge my loss,” he stated.
“No disrespect to him or his camp, but he has my belt, and I’m better than him in every category and that I can beat him in every category. If you put me in the cage with him again, it’s going to be the same fight as last time.”
Kyle urges fans to let Strikeforce know that a title bout between him and Feijao is what they want to see. Whether on Facebook, Twitter or message boards, fan support is critical towards making a possible match-up happen.
“We need all the help we can to get me in that fight,” rallied Kyle.
Having already defeated the man holding the belt once, Kyle feels it’s only a matter of time before he gets an opportunity to make history repeat itself, and in the process bring his career to its highest point after working so hard to bring it out of its lowest.
“I just want to give a special shout out to the sponsors that back me up: Clinch Gear, Cage Hero; the rest of the AKA camp, Bob Cook, and Zinkin Entertainment,” he concluded.
“Thanks to the fans for all their support; the new ones that I’ve gained and the ones that have been with me this whole time; with their support I am on my way to becoming a great champion.”