Spike Carlyle
The Alpha Ginger


Seeking new promotion
February 8, 2021
Carlyle confirmed Sunday that he has been released from his contract with the UFC, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Though Carlyle had one fight remaining on his contract, the promotion elected to cut ties after he suffered back-to-back unanimous-decision losses since scoring a first-round TKO of Aaron Cruz in his UFC debut back in February 2020. The 27-year-old plans to continue his fighting career in Japan, hoping to land with either the Rizin or Bellator promotion.
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Loses grinder to Algeo
November 28, 2020
Carlyle lost to Bill Algeo via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC on ESPN 18 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Carlyle expended a ton of energy going for takedowns in Round 1, particularly when he had Algeo in a tight bulldog choke. Algeo was able to escape and make him pay for it a bit, reversing position and landing some ground-and-pound before the final bell. Algeo took his momentum into Round 2, taking the back of Carlyle shortly after the fight went to the ground and locking in a body triangle that allowed him to control most of the rest of the round. Carlyle did finish strong by reversing position and getting some ground-and-pound of his own, but the frame most likely went to Algeo. Carlyle had to dig deep in Round 3, as he continued to work for the takedown despite eating a few big knees. He had a few moments, but most of the damage was done by Algeo. Carlyle remains a unique and enthusiastic fighter, but he now falls to 1-2 in the UFC.
Facing Bill Algeo
November 9, 2020
Carlyle (knee) will take on Bill Algeo in Las Vegas on Nov. 28, Nolan King of USA Today reports.
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.
Could be out until November
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.