Getting to Know… Derek Boyle
Name: Derek Boyle
Walking Around Weight: 180 lbs
MMA Competition Weight Class: Lightweight (155 lbs)
Date of Birth: November 26, 1984
City born in: Sparwood, British Columbia
City currently residing in: Albuquerque, New Mexico/ Lethbridge, Alberta
First Job: Lifeguard
Current Job: MMA fighter
First Car: 1994 Toyota Tercel
Current Car: 1994 Toyota Tercel . Easily has another 20 years left!
Favorite Movie: Beerfest / 300
Favorite TV Show: King of Queens / Family Guy
Favorite Band/Singer: Bullet for my Valentine
Nickname, and how you got it: The Gargoyle. A couple years ago I was doing security at the local casino. One of my co-workers really wanted me to have a nickname for my next fight and he came up with the gargoyle. It doesn’t have a whole lot of meaning but it works. A lot of people now call me the gargoyle on a regular basis or garboyle.
MMA Team/Camp: Jackson’s MMA/ Progressive Fighting Academy
MMA Titles Held: Rage Lightweight champ.
Belts attained in other combat sports: British Columbia bronze, silver, golden and provincial boxing champ.
Favorite UFC Fighter: Carlos Condit
MMA Inspirations/Mentor/Idol: Wyatt Lewis, Trevor Hardy and Brad Wall are all big mentors of mine. Wyatt Lewis had a huge impact on my MMA career when I was first starting out. He taught me a lot about the sport of jiu jitsu as well as how important your mind is when it comes to the fight game. He passed away last summer. When I train and teach people, I try to pass along all the stuff he has shown me over the years.
First Martial Arts Memory: My first boxing match at the age of 8. The rounds were only 90 seconds long, but I was so nervous before the fight I think it used up most of my energy as I could not continue after the second round.
First MMA Memory: Stepping into the cage at the age of 22. I had not had a boxing fight in about seven years. I won my MMA fight in 20 seconds and felt just as tired then as I did in my first boxing fight.
Greatest MMA Moment to Date: I have had many great moments so far, but the best one has to be my flying knee KO over Alex Popov. I had practiced that move a lot in practice and to see it workout the way it did was pretty amazing. Watch it HERE.
Funniest MMA Fighter that You Know: Jordan Wright and Clint Roberts
Most Memorable Finish: Would have to be the same as my greatest MMA moment. Watch it HERE.
Cage or Ring: I like both of them, but if your fighting a boring ass wrestler, I would prefer the cage that way you can use it to get back up from a boring fight.
Embarrassing MMA Memory: Can’t think of anything too embarrassing that has happened yet. I’m due for an embarrassing moment.
Funny MMA Memory: After winning my fight at the Playboy Mansion, I went for a nice naked swim in the grotto. Which also could be my number two greatest MMA moment.
Favorite MMA Move (finish/strike): Flying knee.
Favorite Sport Outside of MMA: Hockey/Montreal Canadiens
Favorite Food: Steak and lobster
Relationship status: Single
Twitter Account: @dboylemma