Spike Carlyle
The Alpha Ginger

USA

Facing Bill Algeo
FeatherweightUFC
November 9, 2020
Carlyle (knee) will take on Bill Algeo in Las Vegas on Nov. 28, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Carlyle injured his knee in his unanimous decision loss against Billy Quarantillo in May, but he's evidently good to go now. That fight was his only one with the UFC thus far, so he's still in search of his first win with the promotion. Algeo also owns a 0-1 record as a UFC fighter, losing by unanimous decision against Ricardo Lamas in August.
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Could be out until November
FeatherweightUFC
June 1, 2020
Carlyle must have his left knee cleared by a doctor or he will not be able to fight until Nov. 27, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Carlyle was defeated by Billy Quarantillo in a narrow, unanimous decision, and it now seem fight fans might have to wait a bit for "The Alpha Ginger" to make the walk to the cage again. His knee appears to be a concern, but if he can get it cleared by a doctor he will be good to fight anytime after June 30.
Victim of tough judge's decision
FeatherweightUFC
May 30, 2020
Carlyle lost to Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 28-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Caryle was visibly surprised with the result, and he has a legitimate complaint. The fight was clearly going to be 29-28 in favor of one man but it's shocking not one of the the three judge's scored it for Carlyle. Spike got off to a flying start. He dominated Round 1 and was the more effective fighter in Round 2 before his gas tank began to empty. The biggest knock on Carlyle is that he's not the least bit economical with his energy. He's going 100 miles per hour all the time, as opposed to picking and choosing his spots. It's extremely entertaining to watch but leaves him vulnerable for a potential collapse in the later stages of the fight. Still, he appeared to have done enough to eek by with a decision here. Spike earned plenty of new fans Saturday despite the setback. He is now 1-1 with the UFC.
Draws Quarantillo May 30
FeatherweightUFC
May 21, 2020
Carlyle will take on Billy Quarantillo in a catchweight bout of 150 pounds on May 30 in Las Vegas, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
ANALYSIS
Look for catchweight bouts like this to potentially be more common in the coming weeks with many fights coming together on short notice. Carlyle was impressive in his UFC debut, outlanding Aalon Cruz 20 to two in significant strikes before stopping him in the first round. Quarantillo was equally impressive, outlanding Jacob Kilburn 74 to three before submitting him in the second frame. Quarantillo has a slight height advantage, while Carlyle will enter with a small edge in reach.
Smashes Aalon Cruz in UFC debut
FeatherweightUFC
February 29, 2020
Carlyle defeated Aalon Cruz via TKO (punches) at 1:25 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia.
ANALYSIS
In addition to having one of the best nicknames in the sport ("The Alpha Ginger"), Carlyle showed plenty of game as a late-notice replacement in his UFC debut. He battered Cruz in an exchange along the fence and eventually earned the quick stoppage. The issue for Carlyle is that one of the elbows he landed appeared to be illegal and novice referee Scott Howard didn't bother to admonish him. There will almost certainly be an appeal from Cruz and his camp given the fact he has nothing to lose. Situations like this rarely get overturned, but we shall see. It was an excellent, unexpected performance from Carlyle regardless of the end result.
Steps up for Norfolk card
FeatherweightUFC
February 24, 2020
Carlyle will step up in place of Steven Peterson to face the debuting Aalon Cruz at UFC Norfolk on Feb. 29, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Carlyle will be making his UFC debut after collecting a pro record of 8-1 with seven stoppages through nine pro fights. He'll enter the featherweight matchup as approximately a (+155) betting underdog as of Monday evening.