UFC welterweight Kyle Noke announced his retirement via Twitter on Saturday following his decision loss to Omari Akhmedov at UFC Fight Night 101 in his homeland of Australia.
Thank you to the @ufc and all the fans. It’s time to hang up the gloves. Ive had a blessed life doing what I love. I Wouldn’t change a thing
— Kyle Noke (@KyleNoke) November 27, 2016
Noke made his professional MMA debut in 2002. Five years later, he fought for the first time on American soil.
In 2010, Noke was a contestant on the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter, coached by legends Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the middleweight tournament and made his official UFC debut during the reality show’s finale, defeating Josh Bryant by knockout.
He won his first three fights inside the Octagon before suffering back-to-back losses.
Noke dropped down to the welterweight division in 2012. In 2014, he coached The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia opposite Canadian Patrick Cote.
Noke put together two consecutive wins in 2015, but ends his career on a three-fight skid. He fought 33 times over his 14-year career, amassing a 22-10-1 record.