Kyle Noke Needed to Drop to Welterweight

Kyle Noke (19-6-1) looks to rejuvenate his UFC career as he drops from a middleweight to welterweight at UFC 152. Noke is no stranger to the welterweight division, fighting in it before he joined The Ultimate Fighter cast in 2010.

"I've been thinking about [dropping weight classes] for a while," said Noke on UFC.com. "I wasn't really cutting to make 185 and the reason I went up to 185 in the first place is cause I was fighting at 170 in Australia and ran out of opponents to fight so went up to 185 and just got comfortable at this weight."

After being on a five fight win streak, Noke has lost two in a row. He returns to action at UFC 152 on September 22 against Charlie Brenneman (15-4).

The decision to drop one weight class had been on Noke's mind recently and after a conversation with his coach Greg Jackson, he decided to go forward with the move.

"Even before the last two fights I was considering dropping down," said Noke. Then before this fight I spoke to coach Greg Jackson about it and he was all on board."

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