Mike Pyle's first MMA fight came back in 1999, in the pre-Unified Rules era.
He's still winning fights in the USADA era.
The 40-year-old Pyle used veteran guile to will his way to a victory over Sean Spencer on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 82, shaking off a slow start to win via third-round TKO at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The time of the finish in the welterweight fight was 4:25.
"Lordy, lordy, look who's 40," said Pyle (27-11-1). "Thank god i'm healthy enough to keep on doing what I love to do."
Spencer got off to a strong start by taking round one, using an effective jab to keep Pyle from getting untracked. Pyle, however, got back into the fight in round two by wobbling Spencer with a shot, and kept up the pressure over the remainder of the round.
The third was all Pyle, as he scored a takedown and worked several chokes on the ground. While Spencer escaped that, he couldn't escape a vicious third-round flurry in which Pyle landed a barrage of knees and elbows, prompting referee Yves Levigne to finally wave things off.
"He comes to fight no matter what," said Pyle, who snapped a two-fight losing streak. "He took some good shots I hit him what I thought was pretty hard. He took it like a champ, man. I lost two fights in a row and vowed to never lose three, so there you have it."
Spencer (12-5), whose last loss was a highly controversial decision to Cathal Pendred in Boston last year, has now dropped three of his past four.