UFC 142 Results: What We Learned from Ricardo Funch vs. Mike Pyle

Andrew BarrCorrespondent IJanuary 14, 2012

Seasoned MMA veteran Mike Pyle has just put his career back on the right track, defeating Ricardo Funch via first-round TKO at UFC 142.

Funch, replacing an injured Paulo Thiago, seemed like a game opponent for Pyle, but he wilted after getting tagged with a hard straight-right.

The punch rocked Funch and Pyle followed up with a pair of knees that dropped Funch to the ground.

From there, Pyle pounded away on his opponent until the referee stopped the fight.


What we'll remember about this fight

The finish.

People tend to remember knockouts, and this was a pretty good one.

The second knee that Pyle threw was well-placed and connected flush on Funch's jaw.

All in all, it was a satisfying finish to the fight and one that will stick in people's minds for some time.


What we learned about Mike Pyle

Although not a title contender, Pyle is a talented fighter and valuable to the UFC's welterweight division as a gatekeeper.

He is a well-rounded fighter, with a strong submission game, and he is very experienced.

It's rare that we see Pyle lose to someone who is not destined for title contention.


What we learned about Ricardo Funch

Funch is probably not meant for the UFC.

There was a marked improvement in Funch's stand-up, compared to what we saw when he was in the UFC back in 2010, but he still didn't look like he deserved to be competing on the biggest stage in all of MMA.

Funch has now fought three times in the UFC and is still winless in the promotion.


What's next for Mike Pyle

Brian Ebersole.


What's next for Ricardo Funch

Not sure, but I can almost guarantee his next fight won't be in the UFC.

It's rare that the UFC gives someone another chance after going 0-3.


Andrew Barr is a Featured Columnist for BleacherReport.com. For updates on what's happening in the world of MMA, follow him on Twitter @AndrewBarr8.