He said he was happy to play the villain going into England.
He even walked out to Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” to help rile up the British crowd.
It all paid off for Mike Pyle as the American went into England and handed John Hathaway his first pro defeat in a dominant decision by the Xtreme Couture fighter.
Pyle set the tone as soon as the fight started with a good stand-up game that kept Hathaway off balance, before landing taking the action to the ground. Hathaway showed solid defense stopping Pyle from getting him down a few times, but persistence pays off.
In the second round, Pyle got Hathaway to the ground and caught him in an inverted triangle choke from the mount and proceeded to beat the British fighter about the head for the last two minutes. Hathaway survived, but took a pounding from Pyle.
The final round saw much of the same action with Pyle working Hathaway over at every moment, keeping a relentless pace and got the judges’ nod with 30-27 scores giving the Las Vegas fighter his second win in a row in the UFC.
The loss, Hathaway’s first, is a bit of a set back for the young British fighter, but likely a good learning lesson to move him forward with his training and preparation.