Pat Pytlik clashes with Michael Hill at Unified MMA 48 on December 16th.
Pytlik returned to Bowks Talking Bouts and detailed his return from combat sports dormancy. Excerpts from our chat are below.
Returning to MMA after an almost four-year hiatus
“Oh, I feel great. I feel like I’m on the path, right? It just sucks being injured for so long. You know, you’re not sure. You always have the doubts in your mind, right? But no, I feel good now. So I’m healthy.”
His mentality on overall career progression shifting from his last MMA fight to where he’s at now
“Well yeah, I made a mistake. Yeah, I overlooked (Jake) Lindsey but I’m not overlooking (Michael) Hill. Like I know he’s (Hill’s) a good athlete, he’s got the experience, he’s tough. Like I said, I remember seeing him on The Ultimate Fighter. He’s already done a lot of cool shit. He’s a tough guy and I know we’re going to have a hell of a fight. That’s what I like, I like guys like him. I just hope all of his medicals are good and everything comes in on time and everything works out.”
Unified MMA 48
Pytlik continued, “That’s the only thing I’m really worried about. You know, I sold a lot of tickets. The most devastating thing would be right now if for some reason he couldn’t compete. Because I know all my medicals are good and I’m ready to go. But yeah, I would be devastated if he didn’t show up. Because I know he had an issue before with Shane Campbell before. So I just hope that there’s no issues this time.”
Pytlik’s thoughts on the stylistic attributes of Hill
“I know he’s hard to take down. He’s hard to submit. He didn’t really get a chance to showcase his stuff in his last fight. So it’s hard to tell but I don’t know. He’s wild, he’s a brawler, he likes to fight. I have fuckin nothing but respect for guys like that. I like guys that risk it all and if it doesn’t work out, well at least they went for it, right? But a lot of times it did work out for him. Yeah no, he’s a dangerous fighter. I’ve got to be my best, so.”
I’ve been enamored with combat sports for as long as I can remember. I’ve hosted MMA talk shows Lights Out and Pure Fight Radio with featured guests like Jens Pulver, Roy Nelson, Miesha Tate, Mark Coleman, and more. I’ve been an MMA broadcaster for XFFC as well as BTC and have done play by play commentary on live pay per view on GFL as well as FITE TV. I’ve provided written, audio, and video content covering some of the biggest MMA promotions like Rumble in the Cage, Unified MMA, and King of the Cage. I’ve worked as a sports entertainment personality for over five years and given play-by-play or featured promotions of KSW, ONE Championship, TKO, and Invicta FC. My work can be found in the USA Today Sports affiliate MMA Torch, Cageside Press, MMA Sucka, and Liberty Multimedia.