Long live the mullet. The Tennessee Waterfall was in full effect at the recent World MMA Awards as Layzie The Savage caught up with UFC welterweight Mike Pyle. 2012 has been “Quicksands” year as he demolished three welterweights with first round knockout, finishes. Think Pyle was surprised by his outstanding year?

“I’m not surprised at all,” said Pyle. “I’ve put the work in. I’ve worked my butt off. I’ve done all the necessary things to put me in the place I’m in now. I’m grateful for being here, but not surprised.”

Despite success, it doesn’t mean that Pyle did not continually look to progress. Always looking to innovate, he has found a new home in Syndicate Mixed Martial Arts.

“Syndicate is home. I’m there [Xtreme Couture] with the love and the friendship that I’ve developed there with all the guys. That will never change. The doors are always open to me. I just wanted a change. It’s the same thing everyday, same thing in and out.”

Was it mainly to get a new look?

“There’s that, [new look] coaching and things like that. That’s all there is to it, there’s no bad blood. There’s no animosity towards the gym at all, just wanted a change and that’s it.”

As for other Xtreme Couture members seen at the new Syndicate gym, such as Martin Kampmann, and Jay Hieron, Pyle could not speak on their behalf, if they in fact will make the move as well.

“You know I can’t speak for them. I don’t know, it’s just  we’re all tight. We’re all good friend. We need to work with one another and sometimes it’s over there, sometimes it’s over at Xtreme. You know, not a big deal.”

After a recent showing in Men In Black 3, Pyle is already in talks for follow-ups on the big screen.

“I got a little project coming up, acting wise. You guys have to stay in tune, there’s a few things we’re trying to build on now before we can actually release. There’s some acting things that are going to be coming up and I’m going to be a new Dad!”

Pyle assures that he will always be a part of MMA and has no current plans of leaving the sport for a budding acting career.

“I’ll never leave MMA. MMA has been a part of my life, probably before you were born. I’ve been doing this for years man. I will always be involved somehow, someway. The martial arts will always be a part of my life. It’s a part of me. I’m not going to leave MMA for acting, but when my time is up, I will pursue acting. “