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Travis Coyle is Just a Small Town Kid Taking MMA as Far as He Can

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Though he split his fights in 2015, welterweight prospect Travis Coyle feels it was a good year for him overall because it forced him to take the fight game more seriously.

“That (first) fight (against Isaac Vallie-Flagg) was a bad break,” Coyle told MMAWeekly.com. “I thought I could beat him just off of talent, but I ended up getting caught with a knee in the body and got TKO’d.

“After that I got a little more serious and I took a title fight (against David Severe) at the 75th anniversary of Sturgis and won that fight. I got focused. I got serious. I got prepared and got the job done.”

In the months since his win over Severe, Coyle has made some changes in his training and feels that his conditioning and preparedness will be noticeable in 2016.

“The training out here is scarce (in Rapid City, S.D.). The MMA community is not as serious out there, so I closed my gym and have been going to Sioux Falls and have gotten a lot better training,” said Coyle. “So my game has changed a little bit, but not a lot. It’s more that I’m in much better shape and more prepared.”

Coyle (13-7) steps up onto the national stage when he takes on veteran Brock Larson (41-10) in a main card welterweight bout at Legacy FC 51 in Hinkley, Minn., on Friday.

“He’s a strong wrestler and he probably hits hard, but he doesn’t seem like he’s a good striker, just tough and strong,” said Coyle of Larson. “I think I’ll be able to out-wrestle him and beat him striking. If we do end up on the floor, I think my ground game matches up well with his.

“I think he’ll be surprised when he grabs on to me with how strong I am. ….View full article

Source:: mmaweekly