This photo of Kyle Noke is evidence of why the UFC fighter couldn’t stay retired.
The 37-year-old Dubbo-born mixed martial artist ended his career on a three-fight losing streak, his final bout being a unanimous points decision loss to Omari Akhmedov at UFC Fight Night in November of last year.
But finishing his career with a bloodied and swollen left eye isn’t how a fighter goes out, especially one that grew up battling his brothers on the mean streets of Dubbo in the 1980s.
“My last few fights I lost that fire, I was just in there because I didn't know anything else,” Noke said on his Facebook page recently.
“Now that I've had time to rest and heal, time away from the gruelling training sessions and constant grind, I miss it now more than ever. I will fight again. I have that fire again”.
Noke also appeared on Fox Sports during the week, confirming that his body was feeling good he is mentally fresh, although a date for a return fight hasn’t been announced.